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Picketers protest privatization

July 19, 2010
DETROIT, MI — Picketers have been protesting Clarenceville School Board''s decision to privatize custodial services, according to the Observer.
As many as 35 protestors have been outside the board office on Middlebelt south of Eight Mile almost every other day holding up signs saying "No outsourcing," "Stop privatizing," "Honk 2 recall board," the article stated.
The board voted 4-3 July 8 to award a contract for custodial services to D.M. Burr of Flint, the lowest of nine bidders, in an effort to save $1.2 million over three years: 10 custodians will be laid off July 31, the article noted.
According to the article, the protestors plan a recall campaign: Robert Marx, whose wife Lynn is among the custodians being let go, said he is awaiting word from the Wayne County Elections Division on how many signatures are needed.
Secretary Mark Garrison said he voted in favor of privatizing to keep money in the classrooms: "Educating children is the number one priority. I voted yes because it was in the best interest of the district for the long term."
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