NASHUA, NH October 12, 2017 – During their meeting on October 10, the Nashua Teachers’ Union Board of Directors unanimously voted to support the Nashua Custodian Union Local 365/Council 93, AFSCME, AFL-CIO as they again face the possibility of losing their jobs to privatization.
“It should go without question that the Nashua Teachers’ Union has and will continue to support our colleagues in the Custodian Union,” said Nashua Teachers’ Union President Adam Marcoux. “We oppose any and all privatization of jobs within the Nashua School District. Custodians are valuable members of our school communities. We trust our custodians, we know who they are, and they know us. We don’t want a revolving door of strangers entering our schools every day.”
On September 16, 2015, the Board of Education voted to not renew the contract with the Custodian Union and pursue privatization. A petition encouraging the Board to reconsider the privatization was written and signed by over 1,100 Nashua residents. The petition was presented to the Board of Education and placed on file.
“Many of the custodians in the district are Nashua residents, have kids in the district, and also have spouses working within the schools,” Marcoux said. “They are just as much a part of our school communities has anyone else who works for the district. We stand in solidarity and support of our brothers and sisters of the Nashua Custodian Union Local 365/Council 93, AFSCME, AFL- CIO. We encourage the Board of Education to discontinue their plans to privatize custodial services, and continue negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.”