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Custodians demonstrate for their jobs

June 15, 2012

PLYMOUTH, MI — On Tuesday, Plymouth-Canton custodians protested the board of education''s discussion of privatizing their jobs, according to the Observer and Eccentric.

Melissa Siepierski, daughter of custodian Christine Siepierski, carried a sign protesting the board, along with dozens of other union members, staffers and supporters, while her mother had to work at the very job that is in jeopardy, the article stated.

According to the article, district officials have already received several requests for proposal (RFPs) from private vendors for custodial services, a move they say could save some $1 million, mostly in pension and healthcare costs.

Supporters of the current in-house custodians urge the board "not to balance its budget on the backs of its employees," the article noted.

"Every single person goes above and beyond the expectations of what they''re paid for," said Kathy Ladenberger, who has been at Salem High School for 16 of the 21 years she''s worked in the district.

"It''s not a business. It''s not designed for private companies to come in and make money off taxpayer dollars. It''s designed for public education,” Ladenberger added.

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