Reeths-Puffer Board Boycott
As many of you are aware, the
Reeths-Puffer Board voted Monday April 17th to privatize the
custodial positions. They will vote to privatize the bus drivers of
Reeths-Puffer in May. If we do not make our voices heard as members
of this community, the School Boards of Muskegon County will have no
cause to dismiss further talks of privatization. We are asking that
all residents participate in a county wide boycott of the following
North Muskegon Meijer Pharmacy (transfer prescriptions on
Walgreens Pharmacy (Sherman Blvd.) (transfer prescriptions
on May 1st)
Nolan Insurance Agency (Cancel and transfer policies May
Chris Kelly Attorney at Law
Any extra services of Verizon (Cancel unnecessary services
These businesses employ members of the Reeths-Puffer School
Board. These persons voted unanimously to fire workers in the
custodial department at Reeths-Puffer (some with decades of service
to the district).
Most of the school districts that have ratified
contracts will have to renegotiate in less than one year.
Reeths-Puffer did not vote to privatize to avoid going
bankrupt (the school district will make a profit from this).
Union officials offered a plan that would save the
district $258,000, but the board would not even consider it.
The figures presented in the Muskegon Chronicle were
not accurate facts.
True budget deficit at Reeths Puffer (as of April 10th
Board meeting) -$170,000, not $832,000.
Additional funding not used in figures for next year’s
budget would include more than $350,000 (increase in per pupil
funding passed by State Legislature).
Other employees (including administration) received
It is time we take a stand and let the school boards across
Muskegon County know that privatization does not belong in our