Deal reached to save nearly 200 sanitation jobs
December 20, 2010
NEWARK, NJ — In a year with scant good news for Newark employees, a deal was reached that will save almost 200 city jobs less than a week before the workers were to be laid off, according to The Star-Ledger.
Roughly 287 sanitation workers were to be let go December 23, their jobs outsourced to a private company, the article noted.
After city and union leaders hashed out a compromise, 195 workers will stay on and the city could save millions of dollars, the article stated.
"It stopped privatization. We keep the jobs in house," said Rahaman Muhammad, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 617, which represents the workers. "People that have their time in won''t have to start over."
According to the article, the deal comes after months of acrimony between the union and Mayor Cory Booker''s administration: In August, the workers began protesting, stopping traffic in front of City Hall, flooding city council meetings and showing up to work on a furlough day.
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