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Custodial layoffs up for debate

April 11, 2011

NEW HAVEN, CT — The custodial workers'' union is asking New Haven Public Schools'' Finance Committee not to privatize school custodial services, according to the Yale Daily News.

Union officials adamantly state that, while privatizing custodial service could save the city up to $8 million, the decision would remove trusted custodians from the city''s schools, the article stated.

According to the article, under the current proposed contract with GCA Services, as many as 186 full-time custodians would become part-time, and all would see reduced benefits including a significant pay cut.

A state-appointed arbitrator will handle the contract negotiations between the custodians and the city, the article noted.

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