Category Archives: Custodial

Committee rejects Walker privatization plan / It backs restoring 70 county jobs in budget

Source: DAVE UMHOEFER, Journal Sentinel (WI), Oct. 13, 2006

In the first test of Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s privatization proposals, a key County Board committee on Thursday sided with retaining county employees for courthouse security screening and housekeeping. The Finance Committee voted unanimously to delete Walker’s plan to privatize more than 70 positions. ………

The vote came after testimony from union leaders and workers who questioned whether private companies would provide the same quality of service as county employees who run courthouse visitors through metal detectors at public entrances and clean county facilities.

FIU takes strides for janitors

Source: BY NIALA BOODHOO, Miami Herald (FL), Thu, Sep. 28, 2006

Florida International University to move contract janitorial jobs in-house. Janitors at Florida International University will be eligible for salary increases of almost 50 percent and access to healthcare under a new plan to bring the janitorial staff positions back in-house, the state university said Wednesday.

The union that organized janitors at University of Miami, the Service Employees International Union, had been campaigning for similar representation on behalf of the 133 workers at FIU who were contract workers for the university.

Janitor accused of computer theft

Source: By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT, The Telegraph (IL), 08/22/2006

GODFREY – A part-time custodian with Aramark, the firm hired last year to clean Alton schools, was charged Monday with felony theft for allegedly stealing four laptop computers from North Elementary School. ……… The Alton School Board last year signed a contract with Aramark in a move to save about $1 million a year. The Alton Education Association reluctantly agreed to drop the custodians from its bargaining unit in exchange for a promise of 10 percent pay raises over four years.

The staff of custodians was reduced from 52 to 42 employees.

A survey of school employees later rated Aramark 3.2 on a scale of 5, prompting complaints from board member Ed Gray that the firm was not keeping the schools clean enough.

Theft charged in city contracts

Source: By Jim Dooley, Honolulu Advertiser (HI), Wednesday, May 3, 2006

The operator of a company providing janitorial and landscaping services to the city “stole from the City and County and the taxpayers,” a prosecutor said yesterday after Nelson Aguinaldo was indicted on six counts of theft, racketeering and money laundering. “I have no comment,” said Aguinaldo, president of Diversified Janitorial Services Inc., in a brief telephone interview. …. The United Public Workers Union, which represents city blue-collar workers, has complained in the past that the city failed to enforce the prevailing wage requirement when it outsourced janitorial and landscaping jobs to the private sector.

A move toward citywide educational equity

Source: By Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thu, Apr. 20, 2006

…… Also at yesterday’s commission meeting, workers who belong to the union representing janitors and bus attendants criticized the district for hiring a private firm to run custodial services in 14 schools. Michael McGinley, president of Local 1201 of the Service Employees International Union, told the commission that Sodexho, a Maryland-based company, had not improved services in the schools and that district workers unfairly were held to higher standards. “Why are we expected to clean 32,000 square feet – 10,000 square feet more than contractors?” he asked. He called the contract with Sodexho “a complete waste of taxpayer money.” The district, which hired Sodexho earlier this school year, is paying the firm about $9 million for this school year.

Battle brewing over custodians

Source: By PETER GOONAN, The Republican (MA), Monday, April 17, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – A union lawyer is threatening a battle after learning the city may replace night custodians in the school system with an outside cleaning company effective July 1. . …….The Springfield Finance Control Board on Tuesday advertised for bids from companies interested in taking over custodial duties in 45 school buildings on the second shift, 2:30 to 11 p.m. …… The control board is also considering privatizing cafeteria services and has chosen companies to take over street sweeping and workmen’s compensation. Connor said a letter sent by Puccia to custodians last week indicates that privatization is a done deed, and occurs after the custodians settled a seven-year contract with the control board in September.

Janitor charged in sexual abuse of 2 students

Source: BY KATHY ROUTLIFFE, Niles Herald Spectator (MN), April 13, 2006

Niles Township High School District 219 officials are considering having a public forum to update district parents and residents about the April 6 arrest of a district contract employee in a sexual abuse case involving two Niles North High School students. Arturo Luna, a boys locker room attendant who had worked since last September at Niles North High School is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault for allegedly having sex with two female school students, ages 14 and 16, in one case multiple times. …… Luna was an employee of Aramark Corp., which contracts with District 219 for food and supplemental services. Aramark fired him as a result of the incident.

UB shifting back to unionized custodians

Source: By HENRY L. DAVIS, Buffalo News (NY), 4/1/2006

The University at Buffalo plans to stop outsourcing its custodial work to private companies and return to using unionized employees, school officials said Friday. …. “The problem is the wages,” said Michael F. Dupre, associate vice president for university facilities. He said the established minimum prevailing wage for maintenance personnel in the Buffalo area is only $7.03 an hour, which is not high enough to maintain a stable work force. Today, four private firms provide about 135 custodial workers compared to the 70 or so employees still represented by the Civil Services Employees Association Local 602.

Custodian fired after allegations made by a Columbia High student

Source: By Philip Sean Curran, News Record NJ, Wednesday, March 22, 2006 10:55 PM EST

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A male custodian at Columbia High School was fired for allegedly asking a female student for her phone number, school officials said Monday. More details were not made available. Superintendent of Schools Peter P. Horoschak did not return a phone call seeking comment. The custodian had worked for Aramark, the company that provides custodial services at Columbia. An Aramark spokeswoman did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Sodexho to pay $61,000 to settle San Jose sex harassment case

Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal – 11:14 AM PST Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006

Sodexho Management Inc. has agreed to pay $61,000 to a custodian it employed at Agnew Development Center in San Jose who complained of sexual harassment by a male nurse, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Gaithersburg, Md.-based Sodexho denied wrongdoing in the case but agreed to settle after voluntary mediation efforts. …. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Sodexho failed to investigate or stop the harassment, and they also retaliated against Sanchez for reporting it. The retaliation included tasking Ms. Sanchez with more difficult work, reducing her workload, and issuing disciplinary write-ups.