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Over 500 people show support for school custodians

January 12, 2010
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WAYLAND, MI — Over 500 people attended the Wayland Union Schools board meeting Monday night to show support for the 23 custodians and groundskeepers in danger of losing their jobs after the district announced it was considering bids to privatize custodial services, according to the Grand Rapids Press.

According to the story, the district reached a tentative agreement with the union representing the employees late last week and is planning to meet Saturday to discuss and possibly vote on the agreement.

Tom Greig, a teacher at Wayland Union High School and president of the teachers'' union, said: "What I don''t want to see is a vote made out of fear of privatization. I don''t want the board to hold the threat over their heads."

The school district was considering private bids in an attempt to close a $1.5 million deficit, the story added.

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