Category Archives: Victories

Northwest Schools decides not to privatize its custodial services

Source: Sara Scott,, June 21, 2012

Northwest Schools support staff are not going anywhere next year. Earlier in the year, the school board examined cost cutting measures that included the possibility privatizing custodial services, but have decided to keep the support staff as is for now. The board voted to ratify an agreement with the support staff that included concessions….

CSEA Contract Approved, Busing Stays In-House / Issue of contract busing off table for next three years

Source: Jennifer Sloat, Kings Park Patch, June 19, 2012

The Kings Park Board of Education voted unanimously to ratify the Civil Service Employee Association’s contract, ensuring district busing remains in-house for the next three years. The contract will give a 1.25 percent raise in the first year, with no step increase, a 1.75 percent increase in year two, with no step increase and in year three, a step increase and a two-percent salary increase. District superintendent, Susan Agruso commended CSEA president, Rebecca Sobotkin for her efforts on the negotiations.

ICIRR Applauds Crete Vote to Kill Detention Center

Source: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Press release, June 12, 2012

Crete, Illinois says NO to CCA!
Source: Florida Immigrant Coalition, CCA Go Away blog, June 12, 2012

Illinois town chosen for detention center
Source: United Press International, May 9, 2012

The U.S. government has selected a town 30 miles south of Chicago as the location for a detention center for illegal immigrants, local officials said.

The proposal by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to build a 788-bed privately operated facility in Crete, Ill. needs approval by the village board, USA Today reported.

Village administrator Tom Durkin said the proposed detention center operated by Corrections Corporation of America is being handled as any other potential economic development project for the town of 8,259.

The Private Takeover That Hasn’t Happened: Fact Check

Source: Keegan Kyle, Voice of San Diego, June 12, 2012

….Discussing the suits during a recent interview with KPBS, Goldsmith said he wanted to avoid the legal delays that followed approval of a 2006 initiative that allowed San Diego to put city services out to bid to see whether the private sector could do them cheaper. The process is also known as managed competition….We decided to Fact Check Goldsmith’s claim that city employees had won all the bids…. The city has assessed private and public bids for three services — street sweeping, publishing and vehicle maintenance — and awarded the contract to city employees each time….The city is now in the process of evaluating bids for four other services: customer support for public utilities, Miramar Landfill operations, street and sidewalk maintenance, and other maintenance of public infrastructure. Each contract is scheduled to be awarded sometime next year.

WSU Members score another victory in latest ULP settlement over contracting out

Source: Federation Hotline: WFSE/AFSCME News Service, June 13, 2012

Washington State University members scored another victory when the university and the Federation on June 5 settled an unfair labor practice complaint over the contracting out of “re-branding” work in the WSU pool that should have been done by members. The work involved painting new logos and the like. In the settlement, “WSU acknowledges by not including this information, the opportunity to bargain prior to contracting out this work was not provided and this could constitute a refusal-to-bargain violation.

Madison school board votes to keep custodians

Source: Madison Eagle, May 22, 2012

BOE Tables Vote on Outsourcing Custodians
Source: Jake Remaly, Madison Patch, May 9, 2012
Custodian Outsourcing Talks Continue / Information submitted by four custodial services companies to be evaluated by committee.
Source: Jake Remaly, Madison Patch, April 4, 2012
District Considers Outsourcing Custodial Services
Source: Jake Remaly, Madison Patch, March 28, 2012

Madison school administrators received information from four companies last week about custodial services for the district, a topic that will be discussed further by the Board of Education and with members of the union that represents the 19 custodians who work for Madison schools, Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi said….Rossi said the union has made what the district would normally consider excellent offers under normal bargaining circumstances, but the district still needs to weigh the union’s offers against proposals from companies.

Move to privatize Pa. prison nursing services fails

Source: Mary Wilson, WHYY, May 15, 2012

Opponents exhale as state drops plan to privatize prison nurses
Source: Mary Wilson, WITF, 15 May 2012

Pennsylvania Corrections Department eyes privatizing nursing services

Source: Morning Call, March 10, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department Of Corrections is soliciting bids to privatize the agency’s corps of prison nurses, Corrections Secretary John Wetzel told a state House panel last week. The agency won’t make a decision on the nurses until at least this summer, and right now it’s soliciting the bids mostly for the purposes of comparison, Wetzel said in an interview after his annual budget pitch. …. The Corrections Department already has contractors performing all medical services except nursing and medical records.

Privatizing Louisiana Prisons / Charles Maldonado on the state’s plan to privatize management of some prisons

Source: Charles Maldonado, Best of New Orleans, May 8, 2012

What is the going rate for a legislator’s soul? Follow the Appropriations Committee’s vote on prison sale to learn
Source: Louisiana Voice, April 10, 2012
La. House backs privatizing, but not selling, Avoyelles prison
Source: Mike Hasten, Town Talk, April 18, 2012
Jindal backs down from sale of prison
Source: Michelle Millhollon, Advocate, April 19, 2012
Civil-rights group to La. lawmakers: Keep ownership of Avoyelles prison
Source: Mike Hasten, Town Talk, April 18, 2012
Prison sale off the table, but hurdles remain for privatization
Source: Jeff Adelson, Times Picayune, April 18, 2012
Avoyelles prison sale fight set for Tuesday
Source: Mike Hasten, News Star, April 9, 2012

Central Louisiana officials and supporters of the Avoyelles Correctional Center say they will fight legislation calling for selling the prison to a private operator. The House of Representatives issued a notice Thursday evening that the Appropriations Committee would debate HB850 by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, at a 9 a.m. Tuesday hearing….The Appropriations Bill for the Department of Corrections calls for selling Avoyelles Correctional Center in Cottonport, closing the J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center in Pineville and transferring its 330 low-risk offenders to ACC. It also calls for closing the Forcht Wade residential substance-abuse facility in Caddo Parish and moving those inmates to David Wade Correctional Center in Homer.

Revenge of the Lunch Ladies

Source: Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, May 4, 2012

… The city of Chicago, steered for years by privatization-happy Democrats Richard Daley and now Rahm Emanuel, has been heading down a similar path. Of the 11 new schools the city has built under a $1 billion program since 2006, 9 have no kitchen facilities and serve food based on what the Unite Here union, which organizes Chicago’s cafeteria workers, calls the “frozen food model.” But the workers fought back–and the famously contentious Mayor Emanuel and his education team blinked. In their contract negotiations with the city, the workers won a five-year moratorium on building any new kitchenless schools or converting old ones over to the heat-and-serve model. …. “We did petitions to parents, we did house visits and phone banks to our coworkers, we did our ‘Let’s Cook!’ rally. And I think it was successful.

237 custodial jobs could be outsourced / Schools consider privatizing custodial jobs

Source: Jennifer Easton, Tennessean, April 6, 2012

…The issue of outsourcing 237 jobs is on the table and is expected to be up for a vote at the school board’s April 17 meeting, according to Sumner County Schools Spokesman Jeremy Johnson….GCA Education Services has proposed to manage Sumner schools’ custodial needs for $4.4 million annually; SSC Service Group submitted the second lowest bid at $5,007,890. By comparison, Sumner County Schools in 2010-11 spent just under $5.5 million of its $184 million budget on custodial salaries, benefits, supplies and equipment. That figure is estimated to be $5,253,000 for the 2011-12 budget year ending June 30….

…GCA officials on Thursday declined to provide further details of the company’s pay scale and health insurance or benefits plan to Sumner A.M., but officials stated in their April 3 presentation that their pay scale ranges $8.50 to $15 an hour for cleaners and $9 to $16 an hour for supervisors. They did not provide information about health insurance costs to employees. SSC Service Solutions officials on Thursday said their company provides 20 percent of health insurance costs and their pay scale ranges from $8 to $10 an hour for cleaners and day porters; and a $9 to $12 hourly wage for supervisors.
Board rejects outsourcing / Proposal to privatize school custodial jobs fails 7-4
Source: Jennifer Easton, Tennessean, April 18, 2012