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How to Prevent Privatization: An Activist’s Guide

All across America, AFSCME members and the public face the threat of privatization of vital services and valuable public assets.For workers, privatization threatens job security, pay and benefits, working conditions and career opportunities. For the public, it means less control, less accountability, lower quality and higher costs. That is why we must fight privatization — before the first warning sign and with every resource. In this strategy guide, we offer ideas and information to fight this battle.

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Fact Sheet: Prisons for Profit.

Private prison companies claim to provide safe facilities that save taxpayers money. In reality, private prisons are more dangerous for inmates and staff, and often fail to deliver the savings they promise. Yet despite their track record of failure, private prison companies continue to secure contracts, spending millions on lobbyists and campaign donations to influence elected officials.

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What’s Your Bid?

Managed competition is sweeping the country as an alleged “quick fix” to the budget crises facing many cities, counties and states. It’s always best to stop privatization rather than get involved in the bidding process, by inoculating elected officials, building community coalitions and getting contractual or legal protections. Building your local’s capacity to fight privatization before it begins is the most useful tool in the box.

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Stop Bad Contracts – Protect Public Services: Sample Provisions from State Statutes

States and local governments spend a substantial portion of their budgets on contracted services, often with no assurance that quality of service will be maintained, costs will be controlled or the public interest will be protected. There ought to be a law! And in many states there are laws that help to protect the public interest. Following are some examples.

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Fact Sheet: Higher Education. Outsourcing Higher Education Support Services: The Wrong Choice

State funding for higher education has been on the decline for decades. Administrators believe that outsourcing support services will save money while maintaining quality and accountability. They’re wrong. Privatization leads to a loss of accountability, fails to save money and lowers the quality of services, while harming workers and the local economy.

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Fact Sheet: Schools. Privatizing School Support Services: The Wrong Choice

Some officials and commentators believe that outsourcing school support services will save money while maintaining quality and accountability. They’re wrong. Outsourcing generally leads to a loss of accountability, fails to save money and lowers the quality of services, while harming workers and the local economy

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Standing Guard. How Unaccountable Contracting Fails Governments and Taxpayers.

When governments outsource vital public services, how carefully are contractors being watched? As local and state governments increasingly contract out critical public services that are crucial to the well-being of the community, the need for robust contract oversight is pressing. Yet, recent research and the experiences of cities and states across the county show that too often contract oversight is lax.