Library custodians against outsourcing
QUEENS, NY — Queens Library custodial workers are accusing their employer of playing dirty when it comes to outsourcing their union jobs in favor of low-paid contract workers, according to the Times Ledger.
Custodians with DC37 Local 1321, who have been working without a contract, said they have lost more than 50 members since the library instituted a hiring freeze in 2008, the article stated.
According to the article, since then the institution has been paying hourly workers to fill in the gaps in service.
"It may be cost-effective for them, but the quality of work is less," said Robert Lorenzo, a union custodian with 15 years on the job.
"By utilizing contract cleaners to supplement our full-time custodial work force, we are able to keep our libraries clean and well-maintained to the level that our customers and our employees deserve," the library said in a statement.
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