(MI), March 27,
Custodial and transportation
services for the Bloomfield Hills Schools will not be privatized. Instead, the
school board voted unanimously Thursday night to adopt a new five-year contract
with AFSCME Local 1628, which
covers the district’s approximately 178 bus drivers and custodians. The new
agreement, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009, and runs through Dec. 31, 2013,
will save about $2.1 million, according to the district.
It includes changes in
health care coverage and a contribution toward health care, wage reductions,
holiday and vacation day reductions and overtime changes. Wages are frozen at
their new levels for the first three years of the contract, with a wage opener
in contract years 2012 and 2013.