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Custodians keep jobs as outsourcing idea gets ousted

June 11, 2009
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ANDOVER, MA — The 41 Andover Public Schools custodians can breathe easily now that they no longer have to worry about losing their jobs to outsourcing, according to the Eagle-Tribune.
In exchange for concessions, including forgoing a 3.5 percent cost-of-living salary increase and cutting overtime pay in half, the school system will be able to save approximately $101,500 in the next year and guarantee employment for the custodians, the story stated.
School Committee member Annie Gilbert said: "They were incredibly creative and collaborative in working with us on ways to reduce costs. It makes it a lot more likely that we can keep our own people beyond fiscal year 2010 instead of outsourcing."
Employee salaries accounted for $1.9 million of the $2 million budgeted to the Andover custodial services department this past year, the story noted.
Although they agreed to no cost-of-living raises next year, school custodians are still eligible for longevity raises, the story added.
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