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  • 14 Nov 2018 10:31 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Those who keep the spaces we occupy clean and functioning are incredibly important. Schools, offices and hospitals and other public places obviously don’t clean themselves. The people who take on this dirty job are janitors and their work should never go unnoticed, but often does. A common narrative around janitors is that their jobs are deemed unimportant. Because of this, their work isn’t acknowledged in the way that it should be.

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    A person’s work is theirs and deserves to be recognized. Even though it may not be “conventional,” it’s still a job. But why are janitorial jobs considered “unconventional” in the first place? I think that they have been deemed this in society because there is the connotation that cleaning up after others isn’t a job worthy of acknowledgment. However, there’s more to a janitorial job than cleaning up after someone. Without janitors, facilities wouldn’t be able to operate in the ways that they are supposed to on an everyday basis.

    More at source: The Carolinian

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  • 12 Nov 2018 8:31 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Please be advised the office will be closed today in observance and remembrance of Veterans Day


  • 09 Nov 2018 10:08 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

     This image seems really innocent - but can you spot what's wrong?

    POLICE have shared this seemingly innocent image of a woman cleaning a window - but can you spot what's wrong with it?

    Across the UK, members of the public are being warned to be vigilant if they spot someone carrying out household jobs - because the real reason could be much more sinister.

    In the image, a woman can be seen in a large bay window wiping the glass.

    But in a shock warning, Avon and Somerset Police said: "Do you see someone who is always inside the home cleaning? They are also never out of the home on their own?

    "This could be an indicator of domestic servitude. Many victims won’t know they’re being exploited and need you to be a voice for them."

    More at source: The Sun UK

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  • 07 Nov 2018 9:05 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The Alamodome is seen in this Oct. 25, 2012 aerial. Photo: William Luther, Staff / San Antonio Express-News / © 2012 San Antonio Express-News

    A contractor convicted of intentionally overbilling the city for janitorial services at the Alamodome was sentenced Monday to two years and a month in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $358,000 in restitution.

    Geoffrey Comstock, 55, who ran Go Professional Environmental Management, told Senior U.S. District Judge David Guaderrama that the matter stemmed from changes in the city’s billing process. Rather than put the requested changes in writing, Comstock proceeded on a handshake agreement with a former city employee that resulted in the misunderstanding — and the charges — years later, according to his lawyer, Mike McCrum.

    More at source: MY SA

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  • 06 Nov 2018 8:25 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Dear Carolyn: I do much more housework than my husband -- maybe 70/30. When I complain, he says he doesn't mind grimy bathtubs or piled-up paper, and since I do mind, then I should do the cleaning.

    He says it's unfair for me to unilaterally set house standards and then force him to live up to them: The solution could just as easily be for me to do less, not for him to do more.

    I'm not asking for a daily baseboard scrubbing, just a weekly vacuum, bathroom cleaning, and laundry.

    -- Well, It's Messy TO ME

    More at source: Oregon Live

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  • 05 Nov 2018 9:09 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)


    The group of 11 scientists and engineers has been testing the system since Sept. 8. That was the day, accompanied by a press boat, fans and the cheering family of Boyan Slat, the 24-year-old Dutchman and CEO of The Ocean Clean Up who came up with the idea after dropping out of college, that the system was towed unassembled out from under the Golden Gate Bridge to a spot off the California coast.

    There, it was assembled and tested for seaworthiness for 2½ weeks.

    “It was the first time the entire system had been put together. There were a lot of theories about how it would work, but real life is always different,” Ferrari said.

    The trial went well, so the system was disassembled and towed to its final placement 1,200 nautical miles out, halfway between the West Coast and Hawaii to the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It took almost two weeks to sail to the spot, where the staff once again put the device together and began testing it.

    More at source: USA Today

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  • 02 Nov 2018 8:22 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Forty-eight Indianapolis janitors and supporters, including two Indianapolis City-County Council members, were arrested while staging a sit-in October 25 at the intersection next to the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly, Indiana’s richest corporation. The pharmaceutical giant is Indianapolis’s leading corporate philanthropist, currently spearheading a $13 million United Way campaign to alleviate poverty, in a city where 1 in 5 residents lives in poverty.


    But among the city’s poor are the subcontracted janitors who clean Eli Lilly’s buildings, who start at a meager $9.75 an hour. At the rally, Lilly janitors shared stories. One speaker had been left homeless—unable to afford a security deposit and first month’s rent combined, despite full-time work. A whopping 88 percent of the city’s union janitors can’t afford the health insurance offered. “Our lives, our children, and our future are at stake,” said Clarence Jones, one of the Lilly janitors who spoke at the rally.

    More at source: Labor Notes

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  • 31 Oct 2018 10:57 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    CLEARWATER — A Pinelllas County customer is suing a janitorial service company, alleging negligence caused his fall in a Home Depot store.

    Elliot Pinto filed a complaint on Sept. 27 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against Diversified Maintenance Systems Inc., alleging the defendant failed to maintain Home Depot's premises in a reasonably safe condition.


    According to the complaint, on Feb. 18, 2017, Pinto went to the Home Depot store, 10550 Park Blvd., Seminole, when he slipped on the substance that appeared to be standing water, causing him to fall and sustain injuries. 

    Pinto says Diversified Maintenance is responsible to ensure that the floor of the store was not left in a slippery and dangerous condition. The plaintiff alleges Diversified Maintenance Systems failed to warn invitees of the danger of a slipping substance and failed to correct, or adequately correct the dangerous condition of the substance that appeared on the Home Depot floor.

    Pinto seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, plus interest, court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by attorney Paul Gross of Morgan & Morgan in St. Petersburg.

    More at source: Florida Record

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  • 29 Oct 2018 9:28 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    SEIU organizers told IndyStar contract negotiations with SBM Management Services, the company that contracts the staffers to Downtown companies, have stalled. SEIU organizers say it comes down to SBM asking Lilly for funds to help cover the cost of raises and benefits.

    Janitors And Supporters Protest At Eli Lilly

    Perkins, a 36-year-old single father of two, works 80-hour weeks at two janitorial jobs to make ends meet. Among the group removed by police Thursday, Perkins told IndyStar before the demonstration that he felt compelled to speak up.

    “This new turn, this new movement, this new fresh air of confidence," he said, "and making sure that we get the message across that we’re just as human as y’all are."

    More at source: Indy Star 

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