According to reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer, cleaning responsibilities in 22 of the largest high schools in the Philadelphia School District has been awarded to a private company. The announcement comes as a result of poor attendance and low productivity by union workers that had been assigned to the task.

Although the union was angered by the announcement, they will not lose the entire contract. Some buildings within the district, such as the new headquarters, will continue to use the Service Employees International Union.

District officials expect that the move will save the school system between $300,000 and $500,000 annually and should guarantee a full staff of custodians on each job.

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