A new cost-cutting program at Scott Air Force Base will result in airmen taking on less than glamorous duties. Starting today (Tuesday), airmen will take on more responsibility for mopping, vacuuming and grass-cutting at dorms and office buildings. This comes at the expense of jobs, with a local company biting the proverbial bullet.
Scott will save about a million dollars in custodial and grounds keeping contracts by putting the airmen to work on those tasks. Challenge Unlimited has the grounds keeping and custodial contracts and the cost cutting is forcing the non-profit to eliminate 15 positions.
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