Category Archives: Custodial

School board votes down plan to outsource Battle janitors

Source: Catherine Martin, Columbia Daily Tribune, November 13, 2012

The Columbia Board of Education last night rejected a proposal to outsource maintenance staff at Battle High School after hearing concerns from Columbia Public Schools janitors.

Administrators first asked the board to consider outsourcing to GCA Education Services, based in Knoxville, Tenn., at a meeting last month. The proposal was sent back to the administration after some board members voiced concerns about pay and benefits. A revised proposal, with increased pay and benefits, went to the board last night, but members agreed it still wasn’t up to snuff. The measure was defeated 6-1, with Tom Rose casting the only vote in support of outsourcing.

In the initial proposal, pay from GCA started at $8.50 for custodians and topped out at $13.50 for hourly supervisors. District pay ranges from $9.15 to $16.05. A revised proposal changed the GCA pay range to $9.15 to $14.50. Employees for GCA also would have 20 fewer sick days or paid holidays.

Custodians on their way out in Hanover? School board to explore if outsourcing work would save money.

Source: Heather Faulhefer, Evening Sun, October 25, 2012

Hanover Public School District is investigating the possibility of outsourcing custodial services. At Monday’s school board meeting, the board authorized the district administration to issue a request for proposals to start investigating outsourcing. Though the vote was 7-0 in favor of the authorization – with board members Rick Engle and Jim Watson absent from the meeting – the school board president said the board finds no enjoyment in the possibility of outsourcing.

OSHA fines janitorial company for risks to workers at Missoula nursing home

Source: Jenna Cederberg, Missoulian, August 15, 2012

A janitorial company working in a Missoula nursing home has been cited with almost $60,000 worth of safety violations after exposing workers to multiple hazards, including failure to provide hepatitis B exposure prevention training to employees. Healthcare Services Group Inc. was issued five citations Aug. 7 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after inspections were opened in May at the Missoula Health and Rehabilitation Center…. Inspections at Missoula Health and Rehabilitation Center were opened on May 21. Calls to the center, which is classified as a “skilled nursing home” in the OSHA news release, were referred to the company’s EmPres Healthcare corporate office….

City of Springfield Awards City’s Largest Cleaning Contract to Brokate Janitorial

Source: Brokate Janitorial, Press Release, August 14, 2012

Local janitorial service company Brokate Janitorial LLC was awarded the City of Springfield’s largest contract for janitorial services beating out numerous national and local companies. This contract includes regular cleaning services for many of the city’s major buildings including City Hall, Police Headquarters, Southside Police Station, Busch Building, Municipal Court and numerous other city facilities.

Report: Growing number of schools privatizing food, custodial services

Source: Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, August 14, 2012

The number of school districts and charter schools that are privatizing food, janitorial or custodial services saw its biggest increase in more than a decade, according to a report released today. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based conservative think tank, each year surveys school districts, asking whether they are privatizing one or all of those services. This year, 61% of districts and charters said yes. That’s up from 54% last year. It’s also up from 31% in 2001.

Detroit Water dept. may cut staff 80% / Consultant’s drastic proposal aims to rein in soaring costs

Source: Christine MacDonald, Detroit News, August 9, 2012

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department could slash more than 80 percent of its staff over the next five years in a drastic overhaul to cut costs and reduce customers’ rate increases…. If adopted, the department would go from having 1,978 employees to 374 over the next five years. Another 361 employees would still work for the department but would be outsourced through other companies, according to the proposal. Officials estimate it would save about $139 million a year in personnel costs. Most jobs would be cut through attrition, but officials said layoffs are possible….Among the departments being looked at for outsourcing: security, rate setting, grounds and facilities maintenance, office cleaning and garbage collections, some lab functions, fleet repairs, payroll, legal, print shop and billing….

Gervais looks to avoid cuts by selling buildings / 3 elementary schools on the market

Source: Stefanie Knowlton, Statesman Journal, July 23, 2012

Gervais School District wants to sell its three elementary schools to stave off furlough days and teacher cuts…. For sale notices went up on the district’s website this month with a combined price tag of $3.7 million for the three elementary schools. The move-in date is July 2013. Nearly 500 students attended Brooks and Eldriedge elementary schools last year, and the district rents out the third, North Howell Elementary. … It would cost about $1.8 million to add enough portables to make it work, but the district estimates the move would save between $500,000 and $800,000 in maintenance, transportation and administration costs per year. That’s in addition to the proceeds from selling the elementary schools….

80 workers face layoffs at Runnells Specialized Hospital as Union County privatizes some services

Source: Julia Terruso, Star-Ledger, July 29, 2012

Union County has handed housekeeping and dietary services at the county-operated Runnells Specialized Hospital to a private company, a move that will result in 80 layoffs but save a little more than $2 million over the 16-month contract, officials said…. Last week, the county awarded Sodexo, a Maryland-based company, the housekeeping and dietary services, which will save $443,000 for the remainder of this year and approximately $1.6 million next year, Freeholder Daniel Sullivan said….

Janitors feel betrayed after city outsources their jobs

Source: Andrea Torres, Miami Herald, July 6, 2012

South Miami outsources janitors / Unionized city janitors have been replaced with an outside contractor
Source: Andrea Torres, Miami Herald, June 20, 2012

In what City Manager Hector Mirabile described as “quick and decisive action,” the city has laid off or fired at least five janitorial workers and given their work to an outside contractor… Commissioners said they were “not allowed” to discuss the “pending situation,” but they allowed Mirabile to enter into a retroactive month-to-month agreement with Able Business Services for $4,000 a month to clean city buildings on June 12…Mirabile was not at the meeting, but on a June 1 memo, he said staff estimated the annual savings for the city with the privatization at $160,000 a year. The amount can’t be determined until the city gets new proposals for a 3-year contract for janitorial services…

…The city needs services at City Hall, the police station, the Sylva Martin Central Services, the Community Center, Head Start, the Senior Center, the motor pool and Public Works Facilities. Able Business Services had the lowest bid at $4,000 a month. Kelly Janitorial Systems offered $4,587; TCB Complete Janitorial Services offered $6,812.75; Florida Cleanex offered $7,458.05 a month; and Integrity Janitorial Service offered $12,916.

Galesburg-Augusta privatizes its bus services

Source: Julie Mack,, July 02, 2012

The Galesburg-Augusta school board voted 6-0 Monday to privatize its bus services, which takes 18 employees off the school payroll and will result in a net savings of at least $100,000 in 2012-13. However, officials from Auxilio Services of Cincinnati, Ohio, the company given the transportation contract Monday, pledged to work with the bus drivers and give them the opportunity to work for their firm…. Under the contract, Auxilio will provide the transportation personnel and the district will continue to own the buses and cover fuel and maintenance costs…. Under Auxilio, drivers would earn the same or slightly more but would not get employer-paid benefits….Last week, the district signed off on an agreement to privatize its custodial services. The current four-person custodial staff costs the district $361,000 a year and D & L Industrial Inc. offered a 6.5-person staff for three years at $264,000 a year. …