To the Editor:
On behalf of WISE Union, Local #357, Council 94/AFSCME, I would like to respond to the Mayor’s suggestion that the City of Warwick Employees assume the responsibilities of our WPS Grounds Crew and Maintenance Department.
Mayor Solomon appears to be determined to solve financial problems in the City of Warwick on the backs of Warwick Public Schools’ employees. Mayor Solomon appears to be lowering his standards of governance by attempting to replace WPS workers with City workers.
His recent comments on talk shows and in print are a direct violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between WISE Local #357/RI Council 94/AFSCME and Warwick Public Schools. RI Council 94 is prepared to stand with us to protect our jobs and benefits, and most of all our students and staff that rely on the work we do to prepare and support our schools as places of education and learning.
In conclusion, any outsourcing of our work to any other entity, including the City of Warwick, would violate our contract. We are prepared to exercise our contractual rights to continue to do the work that we have always done for the students and staff of Warwick Public Schools.”
WISE Union president