Custodians vote down contract
NEW HAVEN, CT — Custodians in New Haven Public Schools voted down a union proposed labor contract, according to the New Haven Independent.
The contract, put forth by American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) leaders, was set to save district custodians from wholesale privatization, the article stated.
According to the article, the proposed contract would have cut the school system''s custodial workforce, eased work rules and turned the lowest-paid janitors into non-union labor.
"The body has spoken," said Kenneth Woodson, one of the 92 proud "no" votes.
"I would have lost everything that I worked hard to achieve" under the proposed contract, Woodson added.
The rejection is similar to another setback at the state level, where AFSCME leaders also struck what they saw as a job-saving deal in a tough economy, only to have that proposal rejected as well, the article noted.
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