It is a disgrace the way you have treated the 21 Saugus custodians and their families. Not only is privatizing this position not what’s best for our students and teachers, but to consciously work to silence them and their supporters is contrary to everything we should stand for as Americans.
We demand that they have a chance to be heard along with the concerned Saugus residents who do not support this change. These are 21 valuable employees, and in many cases Saugus residents, that you have misled and treated as completely expendable with no regard for how this will impact them and their families.
First, not allowing a resolution to be brought forward at a Town Meeting is a refusal that has never before been seen in this town. Now comes the refusal to add the custodians to the agenda for the June 20 School Committee meeting.
The committee cannot continue to leave these families in the dark when their contracts expire in just a few weeks. They deserve to be heard and so do the people of Saugus who overwhelmingly oppose the privatization proposal.
There is a reason that students, their parents, and our teachers do not support the privatization of our school custodians and they should be allowed to voice their concerns and support for the 21 custodians that will be impacted.
Do what’s right and do your job, which means working with the community that you were hired to serve! The people of Saugus will remember this at our next election and we will be protesting at the June 20 School Committee meeting. Our voices will be heard even if you don’t want them to be.
Christian Moore is a longtime Saugus resident who now lives in Medford.