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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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  • 24 Oct 2018 11:50 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    In a ruling that may affect many industries, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has held that a group of subcontracted janitors in San Francisco were justifiably fired after engaging in secondary picketing at the building where they worked. Preferred Building Services, Inc., 366 NLRB No. 159 (Aug. 28, 2018). The Board ruled the employees engaged in conduct unprotected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when they urged the building’s tenants to “take responsibility” and help improve the janitors’ working conditions. The Board said the workers essentially were pressuring the building to cease doing business with their employer.


    The janitors worked for Ortiz Janitorial Services (OJS). OJS had a contract with Preferred Building Services, Inc. Preferred contracted with building management companies in the San Francisco Bay Area to provide janitorial services, and it often fulfilled its obligations by subcontracting work to various other entities, including OJS. In fall of 2014, building management company Harvest Properties contracted with Preferred to service one of Harvest’s buildings. Preferred, in turn, subcontracted the work to OJS.

    More at source: Lexology

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  • 23 Oct 2018 11:00 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    As a result, employees haphazardly doused floors and restrooms, judging whether a surface was clean by how it looked and smelled. They wasted cleaning products and caused more dirt to accumulate, Ivey said, because the puddles of cleanser attracted residue.

    “It used to be we were eyeballing measurements of chemicals, thinking, ‘Oh, it should be such-and-such,’” said Elsie Tucker, who has worked as a cleaner and supervisor at BART for 20 years and will take over training now that Ivey’s contract is up.

    More at source: San Francisco Chronicle

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  • 22 Oct 2018 9:39 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Really what this is all about: whether workers are allowed to leave for greener pastures or their bosses are given the green light to put up such high fences around them that they’re forced to stay. In other words, it’s about power: who has it and who doesn’t. Or, more precisely, whom we give it to and whom we don’t. 

    If we create a legal framework that puts workers on an equal footing, then they can go get a raise without having to wait for their employers to deign to give it to them. But if we don’t, then those bosses, secure in the knowledge that their employees can’t easily leave, can get away with offering only minuscule pay increases, if that.

    More at source: Washington Post

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  • 19 Oct 2018 9:14 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    The anonymous tip that brought state investigators to the former Cantrell Funeral Home at 10400 Mack Avenue revealed nine bodies in a cardboard box, and two inside a trash bag placed in a casket. 

    The building's new owner, who purchased it about a month ago, said the interior smelled horribly, and he'd removed four dumpsters of garbage as he started renovating it into a community center. 

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    Officials on Sunday still had no answers to why the bodies were there, and none of the identities of the infants or their relatives had been disclosed. 

    Lisa Croff, spokeswoman from the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, said the office is working with Detroit police and other agencies to get the infants and families identified.

    More at source: Detroit Free Press

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