August 12, 2010
NEWARK – Approximately a hundred protesters blocked traffic on Broad Street yesterday to protest Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s plan to outsource city sanitation jobs to a private firm.
Booker plans to eliminate 650 jobs – including 230 sanitation workers – to help close Newark’s budget deficit. According to the mayor’s 2010 budget proposal, the move to lay off the sanitation workers will save approximately $2 million. However, money would still need to be found to hire outside contractors.
“At some point we’ve got to say enough is enough,” said Roselle resident Rahaman Muhammad, president of the SEIU local 617.
The sanitation workers make between $25,000 and $35,000 per year and are required to live in the city.