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AFSCME and Civic Center Battle over Outsourcing Jobs

PEORIA - The job of a custodial worker is at the center of a protest against the Peoria Civic Center.

PEORIA - The job of a custodial worker is at the center of a protest against the Peoria Civic Center.

A group of local AFSCME union workers protested outside of Peoria City Hall Thursday.

The Civic Center Authority wants to outsource a pair of part-time and one full time custodial staff members.

AFSCME says a union employee of more than 30 years would lose his job, and the group claims the Civic Center would pay more to outsource.

Meanwhile, the Civic Center says this will help to save money.

"Subcontracting the part-time work is already costing the city an additional $11,000 per year. And we're gonna' show why keeping [his] job will save more money," said AFSCME representative Tim Lavelle.  

"This is one of several things that we are looking at. This position that we are referring to is the only union position that we were looking at across the board,” said Civic Center president Jim Wetherington.

The board president says the Civic Center is not making budget this year. Two-part time jobs have already been outsourced. The full-time union worker still has his job.

No word on when the two parties will meet.

 

 

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