Two-year extension for district custodians
EAST GREENWICH, RI — Two and a half years after the East Greenwich School Committee’s attempt to outsource custodians, both sides said negotiations to extend the contract an additional two years this fall were smooth and amicable, according to the East Greenwich Patch.
Under the new contract, custodians will get two percent raises for the remainder of this year, and for the next two years, the article stated.
According to the article, starting with the new contract, the "sick bank" was abolished; instead, union members will now buy temporary disability insurance (TDI), which will be deducted from their paychecks.
Two years ago, the School Committee voted to outsource custodians and maintenance workers, citing cost savings, the article noted.
At that time, the union threatened to sue and the two sides returned to the negotiating table, reaching an agreement in July 2010 that cut pay by 7.5 percent and increased health insurance co-pays to 20 percent, the article added.
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