Category Archives: Custodial

School custodial and maintenance contract prevents possible privatization

Source: By George Morse, (RI), 12/3/09 

EAST PROVIDENCE – In a split vote Tuesday night the East Providence City Council approved a new, three-year extension to a collective bargaining agreement with Local 2969 Rhode Island Council 94, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, a unit representing school department custodians and maintenance personnel.


….. By the time an agreement was reached, the union’s concessions made them cheaper than private contractor SSC Service Solutions (a bidder for the job) by as much as $117,000 a year. Also, Mr. Barham said that since the school department looked at private groups, parents have “vehemently” opposed having private workers in schools.

Milwaukee County budget bout ends as split decision

Source: Steve Schultze, Journal Sentinel (WI),  Nov. 18, 2009


Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker won half a loaf on his privatization push Wednesday, as the County Board finished work on the 2010 budget that will increase the property tax levy by $5.6 million.

….. The board backed Walker on outsourcing scores of housekeeping jobs but resisted the move to privatize security at the courthouse complex, though the board did agree to privatize security at the county’s City Campus, at N. 27th and W. Wells streets.

Hempfield Area School District bus drivers propose ‘savings’

Source: Richard Gazarik, Tribune-Review, October 19, 2009

…At stake are the jobs of 149 drivers and custodians. Transportation, food services, cleaning and maintenance are part of a $134 billion market, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. …The school board is demanding concessions worth $9 million to $10 million over four years. Otherwise, directors will hire a private contractor, First Student, to take over transportation of the districts 6,400 students. First Student’s proposal would save the district $1.4 million in the first year, board members said. …

Bloomfield Hills Schools won’t outsource bus, custodial services

(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.

Bentley School District considers outsourcing some support staff jobs

Source: by RoNeisha Mullen, The Flint Journal (MI), Wednesday June 25, 2008

The Bentley Board of Education is considering outsourcing the work of some 40 support staff members, prompting the employees to plead the case for saving their jobs. …… In an effort to cut costs, the district is considering outsourcing services provided by paraprofessionals; custodial, grounds and maintenance crews; food service workers; secretaries; and bus drivers.

…… Decreases in state aid and declining student enrollment have forced other districts to explore outsourcing.

…… Jaquita McCrory, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees representative for the support staff at Bentley, said the outlook is good. “The board has never said they were outsourcing –Â they’re just looking at options,” McCrory said. “I think there’s still hope. Together I’m hoping we can work this out and everybody stays where they are.”

Aramark Booted, Yet Again

Source: by Allan Appel, New Haven Independent (CT), June 24, 2008

For the second time this year, the Board of Ed has ended a contract with a controversial Philadelphia-based company, this time for managing school buildings. The Board of Ed (BOE) nnounced Monday night that it is ending its facilities management contract with Aramark.

….. A campaign by public school unions resulted in the non-renewal of Aramark’s contract as the manager of the system’s food services and, last month, the decision to take that work in-house.

…… Custodians’ rep Larry Dorman, spokesman for Council 4 of AFSCME (shown here with staffers Dena Fleno and Anne Peckham, in front), said, “We’re pleased that the mayor, superintendent, and aldermen listened to our concerns about Aramark, and we’re going to work in good faith with the new company.”

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.

Privatization: 148 Northville school positions in jeopardy

Source: By Aleea Hibeln, Observer & Eccentric Mirror (MI), May 22, 2008

The Northville Public Schools Board of Education is looking into outsourcing custodial, food service, and transportation jobs because of declining money from the state and flat or declining enrollment. If a decision is made to privatize, implementation would likely occur in August.

The board is scheduled to make a decision on whether to privatize by June 10. If they decide to go forward with outsourcing, 54 custodians, 49 bus drivers and 45 food service personnel will lose their jobs as early as August.

Labor complaint over privatizing custodial work at Dover schools

Source: By LESLIE MODICA, Foster’s Daily Democrat (NH), Saturday, April 5, 2008

A decision to privatize school custodial work has prompted a formal labor complaint against the school district.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2932, Dover Custodial and Grounds, filed the complaint with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board on March 14, citing several complaints with the process surrounding its collective bargaining process and the district’s intent to privatize custodial work.

Aramark Workers Launch National Tour to Probe Impact of Corporate Giant's Business Practices on America's Communities

Source: Service Employees International Union news release, Thu, Apr. 03, 2008

With a growing number of communities nationwide raising concerns about the business and workplace practices of food service giant Aramark, four current and former Aramark employees are launching a national tour today to learn more about the corporation’s impact on America’s communities. The workers — janitors and food service workers — will travel coast-to-coast to meet with parents, community leaders, and fellow Aramark workers in cities including Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

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