NEW HAVEN, CT — The ugly fight between the city of New Haven and its custodian union just got a little uglier: The city wants to get rid of the union and hire a private contractor and they say they have proof that the janitors are not doing their job, according to WTNH-TV.
"We work for the taxpayers. The taxpayers pay our salary, which we are grateful for. Give us benefits and health insurance, so we want this to succeed more than a management company," said Robert Montuori, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
(AFSCME) Local 287.
"I think that there are positions in the city that need to be cut. I think the city government needs to be reduced, but the custodians are not one of them," Montuori stated.
The city fired back, releasing results from an unannounced inspection that they ran one night last week, finding that 82 percent of the custodians were not working or were watching the NBA Finals — that''s 14 of the 17 school custodians, the article stated.
According to the article, if every custodian on the night shift at a New Haven school doesn''t work for a half hour a night, it costs the city nearly $400,000 a year.