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Outsourcing plan angers union

September 20, 2012

SCARBOROUGH, ME — In order to trim their budget, Scarborough school officials are looking more closely at a plan to outsource nearly 30 custodial jobs, according to The Current.

scarborough board meetingUnion officials, who have been arguing against the idea of outsourcing because of safety and quality concerns, claim the district only turned to the option after contract negotiations stalled, the article stated.

"We were about ready to settle a contract. We thought we were at our last meeting for that. Everything was going great to that point. Negotiations had gone smoothly. We had already agreed on benefits. Then, the school board presented us with these outsourcing bids," said Crystal Goodrich, president of the Scarborough Education Association.

"They basically said, 'We would like you to figure out how you can cut costs.' That was it. That was pretty much what was presented to us. We were told, 'Look at this and figure out what you are going to propose,'" Goodrich added.

According to the article, the district will next hold a "fact finding" meeting in order to review three quotes that have been submitted that would replace Scarborough custodians.