Hundreds to protest proposed privatization
According to the story, the district''s proposed plan would save as much as $4.4 million a year, but would lay off all of the 156 custodians working for the district.
Bill Turner, chapter chairman of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1664''s operations, grounds and warehouse unit, said: "We''re hoping that the school district will sit down and negotiate with us. We''d like to keep our jobs. Most of us live in the community and have kids that attend Utica Community Schools."
The school district is considering the privatization in an effort to close a $31 million deficit, the story added.