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Custodians will look to arbitration

August 10, 2011

NEW HAVEN, CT — The rejection of a proposed settlement between the city and school custodians came down to anxiety over job losses, according to the McClatchy-Tribune.

Despite retirement incentives being on the table, the majority of custodians wanted to take their chances with arbitration, rather than approve a contract that would leave almost 60 employees without a job, the article stated.

"At this point, the membership spoke and they want to go to arbitration. And we support them," said Robert Montuori, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 287.

According to the article, both sides will be heading back to arbitration, where a three-member panel will decide their fate.

The city has been pushing for full privatization of custodial services, going as far as having an outside vendor lined up, the article noted.

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