Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
Gingrich Singles Out City Janitors for 'Absurd' Salaries
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 11:26 AM
During the Republican Presidential primary debate Monday night in South Carolina, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich singled out janitors' salaries in New York City when he defended his call for paying poor students to work in schools.
He said the city pays its janitors "an absurd amount of money because of the union."
The Department of Education said the people Gingrich appears to be talking about actually have the title of "cleaners," and are paid about $38,000 annually after two years on the job.
Custodial engineers can make three times depending on the size of their schools. The DOE said engineers need experience operating boilers, and also need certificates for certain repair duties.