Custodial workers picket to keep jobs

A group of custodial workers from a West Michigan school district took to the streets Saturday to protest the possible privitization of their jobs. Full Story
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Citizens of Michigan

Sterling, VA

#1 Apr 11, 2009
We are behind you guys all the way. You have our complete support. Some employers need to understand even in tough times that they need to treat their employees right. Keep up the good work and God Bless our Country
holland

United States

#2 Apr 11, 2009
Doing same w our district. Laying off 9 teachers as well. Not a great time to be an employee of any sort in MI. Want huge class sizes, too. Getting rid of trimesters for semesters & adding an extra class hour to the day. This too, I hope, shall pass!
me and you

United States

#3 Apr 11, 2009
support........you have it fight for your rights
Brooke Gaylor

Plainwell, MI

#4 Apr 11, 2009
I am a student at Delton Kellogg High school and i dont want our custodians to lose their jobs. They are very nice and are a part of our community. They're involved just as much as any of the students in school activities and fundraisers. If they lose their jobs it's just going to end up hurting us(Delton).
Donny

Caledonia, MI

#5 Apr 11, 2009
The Delton school board wouldn't dare outsource the custodial jobs. Most of these positions are held by long time local people. these folks are backed by the community and the school board would be handing themselves a pink slip if they went through with it. As Grace said in the interview, why would Delton want to send the jobs out of town? To many of the local towns are outsourcing to larger compainies. Pennock Hospital is now outsourcing there grounds maintenance to a large Grand Rapids company. This only puts local funds into other areas. With the economy on thin ice, communities need to do everything possible to keep local people and business alive.

Since: Mar 09

United States

#6 Apr 11, 2009
How do I get one of the signs for my yard?
Anybody know?I'd like to show my support.
littlebigtown

Spring Lake, MI

#7 Apr 11, 2009
These individuals are the greatest! Keep up the fight.
downbound and loaded

Ada, MI

#8 Apr 11, 2009
Why does everybody have to have to feel the current economic pain but these custodians? Sure, I'll pay the extra taxes to maintain their way of life while I watch other people lose theirs. Sorry, this is the real world baby, get used to it and hit the streets fighting.
cleaning house

United States

#9 Apr 11, 2009
the board of ed won't change its mind no matter who much protesting or comments against it are made at the next meeting.

Holland went through this about five years ago and the board of ed still unanimously opted to can the custodial staff despite 3 hours of comments all against the outsourcing.
wow

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 Apr 11, 2009
Willing to take a pay freeze?? Obviously they don't get it: THERE ISN'T ENOUGH MONEY. I bet if they offered to take pay cuts, that might save their jobs!
Caring about Delton

United States

#11 Apr 11, 2009
wow wrote:
Willing to take a pay freeze?? Obviously they don't get it: THERE ISN'T ENOUGH MONEY. I bet if they offered to take pay cuts, that might save their jobs!
The custodians don't need to take a pay cut...if the HOT shots (Administration)would take a pay cut and think about other people other than themselves within Delton the custodians wouldn't have to worry. The administration people at Delton make way more money-the custodians make only 1/3 of what the hot shots do.
Teacher in Muskegon

Bonita Springs, FL

#12 Apr 11, 2009
You all have to realize that privatization isn't the answer. We're all willing to take cuts, but look at GR public schools - since they privatized their bussing - how many kids have been molested. Our custodial staff are some of the most caring, hard working individuals I have ever met. Lets look at administration for once - cut the big money!!!
Richland

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 Apr 11, 2009
They are doing this at Gull Lake Community schools as well
Bob

Wyoming, MI

#14 Apr 11, 2009
Teacher in Muskegon wrote:
You all have to realize that privatization isn't the answer. We're all willing to take cuts, but look at GR public schools - since they privatized their bussing - how many kids have been molested. Our custodial staff are some of the most caring, hard working individuals I have ever met. Lets look at administration for once - cut the big money!!!
How many kids have been molested/abused by union teachers? Hint: many more than by priests.
Bob

Wyoming, MI

#15 Apr 11, 2009
Caring about Delton wrote:
<quoted text> The custodians don't need to take a pay cut...if the HOT shots (Administration)would take a pay cut and think about other people other than themselves within Delton the custodians wouldn't have to worry. The administration people at Delton make way more money-the custodians make only 1/3 of what the hot shots do.
How about every body take a pay cut or at least a freeze? It isn't right in this economy to think you're immune to what's going on - especially when you're job is supported by the backs of the taxpayers. I would certainly hope that the custodians make 1/3 (it's that much?!?!) as much as the administration! Oh, and who does the union used to clean it's headquarters? It's time to start living in the real world and stop demanding that the taxpayers continue to fund your fantasies.

Since: Dec 08

Lakeville, IN

#16 Apr 11, 2009
Recall the school board members.
Buisinessowner

Ada, MI

#17 Apr 11, 2009
Where can i submit my bid, I own a lighting maintenance company and maybe they would want to outsource that as well, I need to make money too!
Happened to Use

Otsego, MI

#18 Apr 11, 2009
I teach in a district that "fired" the custodians and replaced them with a company...

Here is what you get:

1. A building that is not has clean...Why??? Most custodians are former students of the district they work in, live in the district where they work, or have children that attend/did attend the district...There is a connection which fosters a sense of pride...When the company was hired it became a "job"...

2. There is, at times, a different person in my room cleaning once school is finished...There have been "issues" with things in our classrooms "disappearing", but I'm not willing to say that this is a "norm"...

3. There has been a lot of money saved (hourly wages, benefits, overtime pay, etc.), but at the cost of a few things:
- Personal relationships
- A clean workplace
- Attention to detail

I know that our school board has now started to discuss ending the contract with the cleaning company and going back to hiring their own employees to do the cleaning in our district...

So, in the end, districts look at it from a cost savings measure, but there is more to it than saving a few dollars...
hangingr

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Apr 12, 2009
shame
hangingr

Grand Rapids, MI

#20 Apr 12, 2009
If Funny I keep hearing that schools and states are getting fed money, however it never shows in anything that is done? Hmmmm.....

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