New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein released a report showing that
maintenance repairs done by outside contractors at city schools are 46
percent less expensive than work done by school unionized workers. The
report was responding to criticism aimed at him after he proposed to
eliminate some 486 jobs in favor of private companies doing necessary school
repairs. Currently only about 30 percent of the school's maintenance force
is contracted all the rest are school employees. Klein's report concluded
that, "contractors are more productive," and that contracting out could
offer savings of at least $20 million.
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