SHEBOYGAN, WI — Cleaning services at Sheboygan City Hall will continue to be done by unionized city employees after Mayor Bob Ryan broke a Common Council deadlock and voted against having a private cleaning service take over janitorial duties there, according to the Sheboygan Press.
The resolution came before the Common Council on Monday night with a negative recommendation from its Salaries and Grievances Committee: Former Alderman Jim Gischia and Alderman Jim Bohren sponsored the resolution and said hiring Quality Cleaning of Sheboygan would save the city nearly $250,000 over three years, the article stated.
But Tom Rice, the city''s human resources consultant, and City Attorney Steve McLean advised aldermen Monday to not make the switch, saying it would lead to a grievance for contract violations by the union that the city would likely lose, the article stated.
"We will be battling for months and we would have less than a 50 percent chance of winning in arbitration," Rice said.
According to the article, McLean said an arbitrator would not look favorably on the city for "merely looking to save a dollar" and causing three people to lose their jobs.
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