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Superior City Council Supports UWS Workers

Updated: 07/01/2014 10:37 PM
Created: 07/01/2014 8:34 PM WDIO.com

The Superior City Council is standing behind custodial and grounds crew workers at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The council passed a resolution urging the university to reject proposals to privatize the jobs.

About a dozen workers attended the meeting and a few asked passionately for the council to support them.

Some councilors argued the symbolic gesture is inappropriate for the council to make because it is a labor issue. However, Councilor Warren Bender said it will have an impact on the city if citizens lose their jobs.

"If they were to cut 20 some jobs think of the effect that would have. That would mean some people would not be able to buy food, some people would not be able to make the payments on their house, on their car, many other things," Bender said.

He said that would hurt the local economy and some of the workers may be forced to move away from the city.

Workers said the gesture boosts their morale, but the university still faces a $4.5 million deficit over the next 5 years.

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