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Custodians save jobs, lose pay

May 15, 2013
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VICKSBURG, MI — The cost Vicksburg Community Schools custodians must pay for avoiding the district privatizing their jobs is a steep one, according to The Kalamazoo Gazette.

The Vicksburg Board of Education has approved a one-year contract with members of VESPA, the union representing custodians and other service workers, but that contract calls for significant cuts in pay and benefits, the article stated.

According to the article, the contract avoids the outsourcing of 17 school custodians and also saves the district at least $160,000.

Under terms of the contract, custodians will "take an 11 percent pay cut, be required to take five unpaid furlough days, lose vision insurance and a uniform allowance and will no longer receive a shift premium," the article noted.

"The concessions are significant and will be hard on the staff, and I don't like that. In negotiations, we like to walk and away and feel we have accomplished something, but in this case no one feels good about asking for concessions," said Steve Goss, assistant superintendent.

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