Newark Sanitation Workers Protest Job Cuts

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NEWARK – Approximately a hundred protesters blocked traffic on Broad Street yesterday to protest Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s plan to outsource city sanitation jobs to a private firm.

Booker plans to eliminate 650 jobs – including 230 sanitation workers – to help close Newark’s budget deficit. According to the mayor’s 2010 budget proposal, the move to lay off the sanitation workers will save approximately $2 million. However, money would still need to be found to hire outside contractors.

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“At some point we’ve got to say enough is enough,” said Roselle resident Rahaman Muhammad, president of the SEIU local 617.

The sanitation workers make between $25,000 and $35,000 per year and are required to live in the city.


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