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AFSCME: Jobs saved at Lock Haven University

LOCK HAVEN — Amid the fight against integration proposed by Chancellor Dan Greenstein, it appears Lock Haven University has achieved a significant victory.

The outcries involving the integration have been left with positivity relative to the former threat of outsourcing of staff jobs.

According to Shawn O’Dell, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the jobs that were critical to being lost to outsourcing have been saved. These jobs include custodians, groundskeeper, secretaries, etc.

Confirmation came from a meeting with Bloomsburg University President/newly integrated Lock Haven University President Dr. Bashar Hanna along with members of AFSCME, according to O’Dell.

The outsourcing of staff jobs was considered non-essential due to the small difference needed financially which was around $100,000 in the budget, she said. Hanna felt that it was not worth it to take jobs away from the lowest level of workers on campus that are essential to the school, she said. The savings as a whole was not significant enough for LHU and that of the Lock Haven community as a whole, she said.

“Custodians have been risking their lives to keep the safety of the students and faculty everyday while faculty members have been able to be remote. They care about the students, build friendships with them, and they help them anyway possible. They deserve this,” expressed O’Dell in her response to the good news.

As of right now, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) is still risking the cut of 30% of faculty jobs that will see loss of 67 members at LHU.

LHU professor and president of APSCUF Dr. Peter Campbell told The Express that he and members of APSCUF will be meeting with management April 12 to go over alternatives involving the retrenchment of two faculty members. He said by next year, 2022, 43 members of faculty are at risk of losing their jobs to layoffs. Depending on who, Campbell said retirement could be an option for certain faculty but everything is still up in the air at this time.

O’Dell and Campbell urge students, faculty, alumni, and the community to continue to write letters to the Board of Governors, speak their minds against Greenstein, and go above and beyond his power in Harrisburg.

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