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Durham schools pays $200K owed to custodians by contractor

Posted January 12, 2015

Durham school custodians demand $200K in back pay
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— The Durham County Board of Education voted Monday to pay $200,000 in back pay to scores of school custodians even though they work for a contractor and not Durham Public Schools.

The school district pays Service Solutions to clean local schools, and some of the work is subcontracted to Integrity Facilities Management, which filed for bankruptcy last fall and didn't pay more than 140 custodians for work between Oct. 16 and Nov. 5.

Most of the Integrity workers have since been hired by a new company, but they say their benefits and hours have been reduced.

The school board authorized a payment to Service Solutions to cover what was owed to the custodians when they worked for Integrity and asked the district's attorneys to seek reimbursement through the bankruptcy court as Integrity's creditors are paid off.

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  • Roland Kandalbar Jan 14, 2015
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    lame.

  • modman Jan 14, 2015

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    i would agree, except this article makes it appear like they are "demanding" the backpay. DPS does not owe them the money.

    Of course these folks deserve to be paid. The question is who owes them the money? Certainly not DPS (and therefore the tax-payer).

    If I hire a painting company to paint my house and they go belly-up after the job is done and paid for. Do I owe the laid-off works money 5 months later when they show up at my house? Of course not.

    Why is this any different?
    What is so great about this new company that this won't happen again?
    If there is such a huge difference, why wasn't the company better vetted to begin with?
    Why is this labor contracted out?
    Is this yet another example of fund mismanagement?

    I know people like to point out that the school systems are so often poorly funded. But isn't that all the more reason to be more careful with our $200k?

  • meeper Jan 13, 2015

    This shouldn't bother anyone. 200k is a drop in the bucket to the amount of money this socialist bunch redistributes every year. It doesn't hurt one bit, It's other peoples money. Spend this and go get more.

  • Phil Larson Jan 13, 2015
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    They had everything to do with it. They're the ones who hired the subcontractor.

  • Edward Levy Jan 13, 2015
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    Nothing will come back from the bankruptcy group. Durham (taxpayers) will foot the bill 2 times. I do not begrudge the employes, since they worked for pay and deserve to be payed. How much will their attorneys get on this agreement

  • Edward Levy Jan 13, 2015
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    Nothing will come back from the bankruptcy group. Durham (taxpayers) will foot the bill 2 times. I do not begrudge the employes, since they worked for pay and deserve to be payed. How much will their attorneys get on this agreement

  • stymieindurham Jan 13, 2015

    Remember....Durham schools system can only spend what they take from taxpayers. Those that pay no taxes believe it is a good idea, while those paying taxes believe it is a misuse of their taxes.
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    And Durham School Board is a democrat run board. By idiology they DO NOT mind taking from me and giving to someone else!!!

  • RaleighNinja Jan 13, 2015

    I was all for DPS paying these workers what they should have gotten until I saw the workers were demanding that DPS pay them. This was a courtesy thing that should have happened, but if they're demanding it I would've said good luck in court. The people should have been paid which is the bottom line, but to go after DPS and demand payment was a bad move on their part. DPS was not obligated to do anything and yet these people were trying to hold them accountable. How about these workers be thankful that DPS stepped in and joined their side, not demand payment from them when they had nothing to do with the workers not getting paid.

  • lessismore Jan 13, 2015

    Some believe it is a good idea Durham Schools paid these workers while the money already paid to the contractor was misused.

    Remember....Durham schools system can only spend what they take from taxpayers. Those that pay no taxes believe it is a good idea, while those paying taxes believe it is a misuse of their taxes. Taxes will increase next year to make up for this $200,000 because the school system does not earn any money, they only spend what they take from you.

  • Theo Bishop Jan 13, 2015
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    (SSC) should have been the ones to take care of the these people. The school system should go back to regular custodians and you would not have these problems. Why have a Head custodian and the they are being over ruled by the contractors and being treated bad also. You need to look at the contract because they are about how much money they can make and forget the rest.

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