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Council postpones plans to outsource city custodians

August 24, 2010
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DETROIT, MI — It was something that took the 11 city union custodians by surprise: They received word earlier this summer that some of their jobs would be outsourced, according to the Advisor and Source.
It also took their union attorney, John Haase, by surprise: "I only heard about this a month ago. No one [from the city] came to the union for talks. I would ask that in the future, you come to us and talk to us."
At issue is whether to award contracts to two companies, Du All Cleaning and Omni Facility Services, to clean certain areas of the city for an estimated $59,745 per year, the article stated.
According to the article, the amount caused an uproar by current custodians who questioned whether companies can provide trusting, long-term, quality employees at hourly rates that are just above minimum wage.
The council has voted to postpone the decision on whether to outsource custodial jobs to fill the gap the department currently faces: The issue will now be on the council agenda at the September 21 meeting, the article noted.
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