Custodians demonstrate against outsourcing
MALDEN, MA — Malden school custodians are kicking off a campaign today to keep quality services in local schools by leafleting the public and attending the Malden School Committee's Budget Subcommittee meeting, according to the Malden Observer.
The leaflet the custodians are distributing illustrates the contrasts between the quality of work performed by public service workers versus that done by private contractors, the article stated.
According to the article, the mayor and School Superintendent David DeRuosi have proposed outsourcing the custodian jobs to a private contractor, citing a "task force" report from two years ago that claimed the custodians were doing a "poor job of keeping the schools clean."
"That report was flawed and filled with inconsistencies in so many ways. But even so, the school department still hasn't followed the report's recommendations to better manage the work and provide adequate staffing to get the job done properly," said Kyle Crosby, a lifelong Malden resident and 17-year school custodian.
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