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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.


    Background

    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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  • 16 Oct 2018 8:29 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    Robots are poised to disrupt every single industry, starting with more workers being replaced from assembly line factories by industrial robots. Next, self-driving cars have already logged nearly two million miles 


    on public roads, and soon robots will mix our margaritas at our favorite bars, collect our garbage, and stock supermarket isles more efficiently.  They will also look after our elderly. But getting humans out of harm’s way .. 

    More at source: Forbes

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  • 11 Oct 2018 9:59 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    Megan Williams, left, and roommate Kaylee O'Brian take belongings from their destroyed home after several trees fell on the house during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott promised a strong relief effort from his administration Thursday after the state was slammed by Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. mainland in 50 years.

    “We are going to be aggressive with recovery and response over the coming days and will do everything we can to assist our communities that have seen impacts from this devastating storm,” Scott said.

    He also called on people in hurricane-hit communities to stay in their homes to give emergency crews room to carry out their work.

    After daylight Thursday, residents of the Florida Panhandle would begin to take stock of the disaster.

    More at source: VOA News

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  • 08 Oct 2018 9:10 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    Flu shots might sting. They might leave you achy. They might not be fail safe. But, experts say, get one anyway.

    New Jersey health care providers are touting flu shots as the best way to prevent the outbreak of an illness that last year resulted in a record 900,000 hospitalizations and 80,000 deaths nationwide.



    "We’re still trying to wrap our head around that number," Dr. Roger Thompson, a physician with Integrated Medical Alliance in Middletown, said. "Just think of that number."

    It comes on the heels of a devastating year in which New Jersey alone reported nearly 26,000 cases of the flu, including the deaths of five children.

    Len Iamundo, 62, of Middletown, is taking no chances. He didn't used to get the flu shot. But since he had open heart surgery eight years ago, he and his wife, Denise, heed their doctors' advice.

    More at source: App.com

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    Don`t wait folks! Get your flu shot, cleaners are even more at risk of catching the flu than any other profession. 


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