SAN JOSE, CA — 13 years ago, Lucio Torres welcomed the stability of a city janitorial job cleaning San Jose''s airport
. But that job now has fallen victim to what has long been a familiar tale of woe outside government, according to the Mercury News.
Facing a record deficit, city officials decided in their latest budget to outsource custodial jobs to private contractors, the article noted.
The move marks the first major outsourcing of city work in more than a decade: Politically influential employee unions have vigorously fought efforts to outsource, arguing taxpayer money shouldn''t go to companies paying poverty wages, the article stated.
According to the article, outsourcing will cost about 70 city janitors their jobs and save about $4 million a year, including $3.3 million at the airport, where city leaders say savings are particularly needed.
The union did offer a 20 percent pay cut for the custodians to save jobs, along with giving up a 2 percent raise promised in next year''s contract for all of its 2,200 San Jose workers, but union leaders would not waive the city competition policy, the article added.