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Ohio School Employees Save Own Jobs

October 26, 2007

October 26, 2007

Marietta City School employees, who took to the streets last month to oppose the possible outsourcing of student transportation and custodial services, have won a contract that takes the issue off the table – for now.

The workers – about 110 teachers’ aides, custodians and bus drivers represented by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE)/AFSCME Local 4 – feared for their jobs after the school board proposed contract language that allowed contracting out of custodial and transportation services.

Some 100 employees, supportive students and their parents took their concerns public during a Sept. 24 rally prior to a Marietta Board of Education meeting. “I’ve been here 18 years and I feel like I’m being thrown out with the trash,” high school custodian Ron Morrow said in an interview with The Marietta Times. “Where will we go?”

Their voices were heard. The Board of Education decided not to pursue the matter in the current contract, although outsourcing can be brought up in future OAPSE negotiations. A “solid majority” of OAPSE members voted earlier this month to approve the new three-year contract. The board approved it three days later.

To learn why privatization of school bus services is a bad idea, click here and here.

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