As many as 200 Western Kentucky University employees will soon pay at least five times for health benefits.
Members of the building services, grounds, landscaping and recycling departments are being outsourced August 1 to Sodexo Management Services.
Those making minimum pay will get a dollar-an-hour raise, while a smaller group making more than that will get an hourly boost of between 54 and 95 cents.
WKU Human Resources director Tony Glisson said the move is in response to a $6 million budget cut from the state announced earlier this year.
“When that type of reduction occurs, the university has to look deep and wide for opportunities to reduce costs, become more efficient, to look for creative arrangements, new partnerships that may not have been in place previously,” he said.