Local 355 Administrative Clerical Employees

H1N1 Concerns Hartford School Workers

Channel 30's Lauren Petty interviews Local 566 President Levey Kardulis. Union Vice President Richard Deschenes looks on.

Hartford school custodial and maintenance warned that city schools could face a health crisis, especially with the spread of H1N1 virus, because custodial staffs are short staffed and lack appropriate cleaning tools. 

Members of AFSCME Local 566 aired their concerns at a press conference Oct. 29 outside the McDonough School, which has only two custodians for 400 kids. 

“Our job is to make sure the schools are clean, safe and healthy,” said Local 566 President Levey Kardulis, head custodian at Burns Elementary School. “But the mayor and the school administration need to make a stronger commitment to giving us the tools to do that. Our kids deserve the best possible, healthiest environment for learning.” 

The custodians said that they are severely short-staffed – approximately 60 workers have been laid off in the last two years – leaving fewer of them to face the challenge of cleaning and maintaining all the schools. 

Milly Arciniegas of the Hartford Parent Organization Council urged more the hiring of more custodial staff to ensure clean and safe schools.

Milly Arciniegas of the Hartford Parent Organization Council is interviewed by Channel 3's Hallie Jackson.

"Whatever it takes," she said.

AFSCME Local 566 represents approximately 230 school custodial, maintenance, cafeteria and skilled trades employees within the Hartford schools.

  • Click here to see the story "Not Enough Supplies To Fight Flu" on WVIT-Channel 30.
  • Click here to see the story "Cleaning Takes Toll on Custodians" on WFSB-Channel 3.

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