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Protesters unfurl a banner at the legislative office complex in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, that lists names of people who signed a petition opposing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to outsource maintenance work at more state buildings, including on college campuses. The demonstrators unfurled banners, chanted and sang in the hallways outside the Senate committee room where the Haslam was administration was scheduled to present its "business justification" for privatization efforts later on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
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Protesters unfurl a banner at the legislative office complex in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, that lists names of people who signed a petition opposing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to outsource maintenance work at more state buildings, including on college campuses. The demonstrators unfurled banners, chanted and sang in the hallways outside the Senate committee room where the Haslam was administration was scheduled to present its "business justification" for privatization efforts later on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Protesters are congregating at the legislative office complex to voice their opposition to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to outsource the operation of more state buildings.

The demonstrators unfurled banners, chanted and sang in the hallways outside the Senate committee room where the Haslam administration was scheduled to present its "business justification" for privatization efforts later on Tuesday.

The United Campus Workers have criticized what they call Haslam's "outsourcing frenzy" for targeting benefits-paying jobs at public colleges and universities.

Haslam agreed last month to hold an outside review of the privatization plan before havingTennessee's higher education systems decide whether to participate.

The governor has said the independent review should help dispel concerns that the state won't save the as much money as projected.

 

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