Union: Privatizing custodians' jobs would likely fail

Source: By Jay Pateakos, Herald News (MA), May 29, 2008 @ 09:43 PM

With the school department slated to privatize the custodial workforce at all the schools by July 1, the union representing the 16 workers set to lose their jobs said other schools across the state have tried this path and failed. The union said the Swansea school system will likely be no different.

…… The custodial union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 93, which represents 35,000 state and municipal workers in the state, rejected the school department’s final contract proposal that would have seen a 12 percent pay raise over a three-year period and an increase in shift differentials because the department sought the power in determining when custodians can return to work after an injury.