Opposition Grows To IU Proposal To Lease Parking

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Opposition is growing among Indiana University faculty and staff to a proposal to lease campus parking spaces in exchange for a multimillion-dollar payout.

A petition drive is circulating among IU employees who oppose the idea of leasing the university's Bloomington and Indianapolis parking operations to a private operator.

Communication Workers of America Local 4730 president Edward Vasquez said the union has gathered the signatures of hundreds of faculty and staff on the petition, which questions whether an IU lease would bring a loss of price controls, service and jobs.

IU proposed the lease idea earlier this year after Ohio State University did the same for an up-front payment of $483 million on a 50-year lease to a private operator.

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