Two years ago, the SEIU successfully pushed an ordinance through Metro Council that effectively outlaws private contractors. I assume this ordinance didn't apply to the school board.
Much of the crowd assembled outside an hour before, staging a rally — complete with megaphones, drums and chants — with help from the local Service Employees International Union, which represents custodians who work at Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Supporters of the protest wore stickers that read: “Privatization: A Race to the Bottom.”
At issue is Director of Schools Jesse Register’s proposed $633.3 million budget, which seeks to ease the district’s projected $35 million shortfall by outsourcing custodial work, currently carried out by more than 600 Metro school employees, to a private company. The move would save an estimated $5 million.