Plainfield D-202 board, union reach agreement that avoids outsourcing

Source: Felix Sarver, Herald News, May 9, 2016

A controversial proposal to outsource custodians at Plainfield School District 202 was avoided as the board and custodians’ union reached a new agreement.  The agreement between the board and the Plainfield Association Support Staff is one that Board President Michelle Smith said at Monday’s meeting will “result in significant savings for the district over the next three years” but that PASS President John Piechocinski stated in a news release is “bittersweet at best.” … Under the agreement the board approved Monday – and that PASS voted in favor of Saturday – custodians will continue to receive their pay, workers’ compensation coverage, health insurance and retirement benefits through District 202, according to a news release.  District officials emphasized in a news release that the agreement could save $1.8 million in costs a year.  However, custodial positions will be restructured and their numbers will be lowered and certain positions will make less while the pay for some others will remain the same. … The district received custodial services bids from ABM, Aramark and GCA Services Group.

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Plainfield D-202 to hold hearing on outsourcing custodial services
Source: Felix Sarver, Herald News, April 24, 2016

… The district received bids from GCA Services Group, ABM and Aramark for custodial services that could reduce costs between $908,000 to $9.9 million during the next three years, depending on the number of positions deployed, pay rates and benefits, district officials have said. A three-year total cost analysis of six base bids presented to the public at an April 11 board meeting from the companies showed GCA Services Group mostly having the lowest cost, with the exception of base bid No. 3 from ABM. Aramark showed to have the highest cost. PASS, the district’s support staff union, has criticized the proposal and rallied against the proposal. …

Plainfield School District 202 Hears Bids for Custodial Services
Source: Scott Viau, Plainfield Patch, April 13, 2016

Three businesses have submitted bids to the Plainfield School District 202 Board of Education to take over custodial services from the Plainfield Association of Support Staff. The businesses include Wisconsin-based ABM, Aramark and Downers Grove-based GCA Services Group. While District 202 will hold a public hearing on the bids at its April 25 meeting, the Board of Education heard the bids Monday evening at its regular board meeting. … The bids received would reduce costs between $908,000 to $9.9 million over the next three years, depending on benefits, pay rates and the number of positions employed. District 202 currently has 190 custodial positions that work either 4, 6, 6.5 or 8 hours daily. If PASS custodians continue to work at the schools, it would cost the district about $27.5 million over three years, according to the district. The school district asked vendors to provide costs for six different service packages, with the number of employees, hours worked and pay rates being the variables.

View from Union’s Side on 202 Custodian Issue
Source: WJOL, April 13, 2016

As Plainfield School District 202 looks in the possibility of outsourcing custodial services in an effort to save money, Ann Bachman McIntosh who is with Uniserve IEA and is representing the custodians in District 202, says there is a lack of transparency from the district to the custodians when it comes to actual savings of possible outsourcing. Currently the District is mulling over 3 bids for possibly outsourcing custodial services, and McIntosh told WJOL that district will not allow them to see the bids under consideration. When asked if the District could save money and receive the same level of service, McIntosh says being fiscally responsible is very important but, that there could be an impact on the local economy.

Plainfield support staff union rallies at District 202 meeting
Source: Felix Sarver, The Herald-News, February 22, 2016

District 202 officials’ announcement earlier this month that they were considering outsourcing custodial services came as a “complete shock” to PASS members, who have since planned to rally and pack Board of Education meetings from February to May. Board President Michelle Smith read a statement at Monday’s meeting saying she had to apologize to parents, staff and custodians “who have been misled by blatantly inaccurate information” about board members’ consideration of outsourcing. … She said discussions about outsourcing initially arose in response to concerns of a possible strike by custodians during the upcoming PASS negotiations. The district is obligated to keep buildings open, clean and well-maintained and one way to do so in the event of the strike is to contract with a third party, she said.

Plainfield District 202 to consider outsourcing custodial services
Source: Felix Sarver, The Herald-News, February 12, 2016

Plainfield School District 202 officials are considering outsourcing custodial services, which comes as a “complete shock,” according to the district’s support staff union.  A news release sent Friday afternoon announced District 202 will explore outsourcing custodial services to “more effectively manage its finances in light of the state’s unpredictable and inadequate” funding of public education. … “The news that the school district will consider outsourcing came as a complete shock to the 148 talented, dedicated and very concerned custodians in the school district,” according to a statement attributed to PASS President John Piechocinski distributed Friday afternoon. The PASS statement also said replacing “not-for-profit school district employees with a for-profit company” will jeopardize safety, cleanliness and security in schools. … The district tentatively plans to solicit bids for custodial services on or about March 8 and the board would publicly review and consider bids at its April 11 meeting, according to the district’s news release.