• Petitioned Larry Ceresi

This petition was delivered to:

Larry Ceresi
Dick Welch
Dick Welch
Bill Mudge
Melvoid Benson
Lynda Avazanto
Kimberly Page
Lynda Avanzato
John Boscardin
Dick Welch

Tell the North Kingstown School Committee to OPT OUT of the GCA Contract

    1. Petition by

      Sandie Blankenship

Friend and Supporters...I am Sandie Blankenship, the former president of the North Kingstown Educational Support Professionals Association. 

Over a thousand of you have signed our petition.  Regrettably our voices - your voices - are ignored by the five members of the North Kingstown School Committee who have opted to sign the contract with GCA Services and place 26 families on the short road to poverty.

The decision to fire the 26 janitors - some of whom were in their second and third decades working for the school system - was wrong. Wrong for North Kingstown schools, wrong for North Kingstown students, and wrong for North Kingstown workers: They fired 26 janitors – men and women who have provided long-term undisputed good service to the district – and have turned those jobs and tax dollars over to a company 1,000 miles away. 

As I said previously, while we often hear that it is about the money, the fact is, in this instance, it’s not so.

My co-workers and I made $1.3 million in concessions to the district. And when the committee sought an additional $400,000, we all pitched in, took a big hit, and came up with the money the committee sought.

So if it is not about money, what is it about? It is about power and the capacity of the powerful to limit workers from having any say about their working conditions. It’s about silencing our voices.

But we will not be silenced. 

GCA has slashed wages, cut benefits, and eliminated pensions.  Our members have taken nearly a 30 percent reduction in their annual income and the toll is already being felt.

We also have serious concerns about the company the five committee members (Chairwoman Page, and Committee members Welch, Avazanto, Ceresi, and Boscardin) has hired: GCA Services.

Their record troubles us. Independent news services – found with a quick Google search - have documented the serious problems with GCA, including hiring and placing a registered sex offender in a Texas middle school despite GCA’s screening efforts.

GCA Services profits not only by cutting wages and cutting benefits, but by cutting corners, too.

North Kingstown’s children deserve better. North Kingstown school workers do too.

The committee has a chance to reconsider their ill-advised vote.  The contract provides for a 90-day opt out.   

Please contact the Committee members and tell them it is time to opt out. 

Source: http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/article/hiring-issues-janitor-service%E2%80%99s-past

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Please watch the YouTube video to better understand our concerns of safety.

      Sandie Blankenship
      Petition Organizer

      The YouTube video details some of what we were able to uncover with a relatively quick search of the internet. This is only some of what made the papers and the television news.

    3. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Catherine Rhodes NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      Keeping jobs in NK that are quality jobs!

    • Nancy M. Kennedyn NO. SCITUATE, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I am a human being and so are the custodians in NK. They deserve better treatment than they have gotten.

    • Dawn Souza NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      I think it is deplorable what is happening here. All I know is criminal background check better of been done. This will never go over well if a child is hurt. This DOES impact our kids.....keep our very LOYAL support staff!!

    • John Leidecker CRANSTON, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      Economic justice

    • Erin Miga CRANSTON, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      To support the hard-working, dedicated, yet underpaid staff who are suffering as a result of this contract.


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