NEW HAVEN, CT — A government-funded contractor said Friday afternoon that a police station custodian placed on administrative leave for talking to a reporter can return to work Monday, won''t lose any pay and faces no threat "whatsoever" of losing her job, according to the New Haven Independent
The news is the latest development in a fast-evolving series of events involving the plight of a custodian in a tough economic market and a disciplinary incident that promises to affect upcoming talks with city unions about whether to privatize more government workers, such as school custodians, the article stated.
The story involves Michele Kearney, a custodian at the police department, who was let go after a story appeared last Thursday in the Independent about a no-confidence vote taking place against Police Chief Frank Limon, the article noted.
According to the article, Kearney, who has been a custodian at the station for less than year, said: "There''s been a lot of tension ever since [Limon has] been here. There is not a lot of morale here. The last chief, James Lewis, was more understanding of what needs to be done. From what I have seen, he wanted to hear their opinions and try to work with them. [Limon] seems like he is working against them and not with them."
The supervisor for O,R&L
, the private custodial company who holds the contract at the station, John Izzo, took prompt action against her on Thursday after the article appeared, sending her home, the article added.