a decision by the North Kingstown School Committee to outsource the department.
In a 5-1 vote last month, the . The decision came after an arbitrator's award for the district's support professionals (Education Support Professionals) did not offer enough in concessions. Committee members Melvoid Benson (the lone dissenting vote) and Bill Mudge (who walked out of the meeting prior to the vote) were present at Tuesday's protest.
Members of ESP, NEA RI, AFL-CIO and other unions spoke against the decision before the crowd, bashing GCA and its reportedly "dubious" track record.
ESP filed a temporary restraining order against the June 25 decision to outsource NK's custodial services. A hearing in judge's chambers is scheduled for Wednesday morning.