School custodians march against privatization
October 8, 2010
NEW HAVEN, CT — Over 200 municipal workers marched and rallied at City Hall Tuesday to protest proposed privatization of school custodial services, according to People''s World.
The march from the high school in the community was timed to coincide with "Mayor''s Night In," a monthly event when Mayor John DeStefano listens to concerns and complaints from the public, the article noted.
The custodians, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 287, are angry with the mayor because he has not agreed to abandon his plan to privatize services, claiming it would save money, even though it is anticipated that privatization would put current workers off the job and bring in new workers at a lower wage, the article stated.
According to the article, when the city privatized school services several years ago, it took a major struggle involving the workers and state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, now a candidate for U.S. Senate, to end the contract with Aramark Corporation.
Aramark''s mismanagement in the interest of private profit cost the city millions of dollars, the article added.
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