Custodial and grounds employees at the School District of Lancaster are challenging the school board’s decision to outsource their jobs starting in January. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, which represents the district’s support staff, voted on Dec. 5 to reject the terms of the district’s outsourcing plan, according to an AFSCME official. The union also filed a grievance that disputes the outsourcing decision based on terms in the employee contract that expires in June 2016. The city school board voted in November to outsource 94 custodial and grounds positions to GCA Services Group, of Ohio. The $9.7 million contract begins Jan. 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2016….
City school custodians outsourced; jobs offered at contracted company
Source: Kara Newhouse, Lancaster Online, November 18, 2014
School District of Lancaster custodians will keep their current wages if they move to an contracted company, according to district officials. The school board voted Tuesday night to outsource 94 custodial and grounds positions to GCA Services Group, of Ohio. The $9.7 million contract begins Jan. 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2016. ….The savings primarily come from the elimination of the pension costs. Support staff at public schools in Pennsylvania get retirement benefits through the Public School Employee Retirement System. ….
SDL custodians in limbo amid outsourcing negotiations
Source: Kara Newhouse, Lancaster Online, October 20, 2014
In June, the SDL board approved a 2014-15 budget that relies on $500,000 in savings from outsourcing 94 custodial and grounds crew members. It was one of several measures taken to fill a $7.7-million deficit. But two months into the school year, the board still hasn’t approved an outsourcing contract — leaving workers in employment limbo. … To move forward with outsourcing, the district must prove that it would save money and provide the same or higher level of service, said Michael Fox, a representative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, which represents SDL support staff.
SDL board plans to outsource custodians, raise taxes
Source: Kara Newhouse, Lancaster Online, May 20, 2014
The School District of Lancaster board on Tuesday approved a proposed final budget that would outsource 100 custodial and grounds positions, among other cuts. … The outsourcing of custodial and grounds crews is projected to save the district $500,000, primarily from reduced pension and health care costs, according to Chief Financial and Operations Officer Matthew Przywara. The board previously directed administrators to explore outsourcing support staff positions through attrition, which requires union approval….
SDL execs, employees clash over outsourcing
Source: Kara Newhouse, Lancaster Online, April 15, 2014
School District of Lancaster officials and support staff members played a game of “he said, she said” over possible outsourcing at a board meeting on Tuesday. Board president Stacey Marten and Superintendent Pedro Rivera stressed that the board is considering outsourcing only vacant positions, but support staff who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said they were told the district intended to outsource all positions. The school board previously directed administrators to meet with AFSCME representatives to discuss outsourcing vacant positions. That meeting occurred March 27. AFSCME’s district council director Michael Fox said at the board meeting Tuesday that AFSCME agreed to take to its members a proposal to outsource vacant custodial, maintenance and health room technician jobs if no other outsourcing would be considered….