Custodians speak out against privatization
CRANSTON, RI — The NAGE Local 153 union, representing Cranston''s custodians, is urging the school committee not to privatize in order to save money, according to the Cranston Patch.
After the district extended a contract for transportation workers until 2013, it was the custodian''s turn to make their case, arguing that privatizing custodial services would be a mistake, the article stated.
According to the article, Paul Saccoccia, national representative for NAGE Local 153, argued that privatizing school custodial services would not save much money and would result in a significant drop in service quality.
The most important point Saccoccia made was that nearly 100 employees could potentially lose their jobs, while others would struggle to provide for their families, the article noted.
"Privatization provides no job guarantees for longstanding employees who, by a large percentage, are city of Cranston taxpayers and, more importantly, family income earners," said Saccoccia.
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