Custodians hold silent protest over contract negotiations
BAYPORT, NY — After working for two years under an expired contract, Bayport-Blue Point custodians held a silent protest during a board of education workshop on Tuesday, according to the Sayville-Bayport Patch.
Nearly a dozen district custodians and maintenance workers silently filled more than two rows of seats in a protest over stalled contract negotiations, the article stated.
According to the article, members of CSEA Suffolk Educational Local 870 have been working under an extended contract that expired in June 2011, and negotiation meetings have been few and far between.
"We want to get them back to the table and get a contract. We are down a few staff, due to retirement and sick leave, and want to see when those positions will be refilled," said John Marcinek, union president, adding that initial negotiation talk has included asking the custodians to take a one-year pay freeze.
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