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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 05:58 PM
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April 23, 2008

About 200 protesters members of Connecticut Council 4 and their supporters demanded at an April 14 rally that the New Haven school system stop contracting out work that has been outsourced to privateer Aramark for the last 12 years.

Council 4, which represents New Haven public service workers, including some 400 public school custodians, paraprofessionals and security guards, is letting the public know that privatization puts profits ahead of service, and points to Aramarks mismanagement of food service and facility maintenance at the New Haven Public Schools.

DONT RE-HIRE ARAMARK! Members of Connecticut Council 4 demonstrate April 14 against plans by the New Haven Public Schools to continue to contract out maintenance and food services, which privateer Aramark has been performing poorly for more than a decade.

Photo Credit: Stan Godlewski

At the City Hall rally, council members joined students and parents to demonstrate their opposition as well as pressure the school board to bring the work in-house. Aramarks two contracts to provide maintenance and food services will expire in July, and the school system is considering new bids.

Robert Montuori, president of Local 287 (which represents about 200 school custodians), says re-hiring Aramark, or bringing in a new contractor, is the wrong choice:

We dont need an overpaid middle man to lead us down the path of destruction, Montuori said at the rally.

Equally blunt in addressing the crowd was AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee, who announced a $20,000 contribution toward Council 4s anti-Aramark campaign. He declared:

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