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  • 06 Apr 2018 12:01 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Schools janitors strike back

    SEIU janitorial worker Maxine Gladney spoke about her job cleaning schools for CPS. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

    Janitors who clean Chicago Public Schools buildings said Thursday that schools are dirty because the private mega-company managing them has cut too much staff.

    And if Aramark doesn’t agree to add 500 more custodians during contract negotiations, members of SEIU Local 1 will strike, union president Tom Balanoff told the Chicago Sun-Times in the wake of reporting that showed some 90 schools failing district-led “blitz” cleaning inspections.

    More at source: Chicago Sun Times

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  • 02 Apr 2018 9:14 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    What does California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act require?

    The Act applies to certain finished cleaning products, including air care products, automotive products, general cleaning products, and polishes or floor maintenance products used primarily for janitorial, domestic or institutional cleaning purposes.

    The following information must be disclosed on cleaning product websites by Jan. 1, 2020:

    Intentionally added ingredients, listed in descending order of predominance by weight.

    Nonfunctional constituents present in the product at a concentration of 0.01% or greater.

    The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number for any intentionally added ingredient or nonfunctional constituent listed shall be listed with each; if the CAS number is not available or an ingredient is confidential business information, the CAS number must be cited as “not available” or “withheld,” respectively.

    The functional purpose served by each intentionally added ingredient.

    More at source: State Of California

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  • 01 Apr 2018 11:24 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

  • 29 Mar 2018 9:32 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    NEW YORK, March 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -ABM, a leading provider of facility solutions, has been named a preferred partner and awarded a five-year janitorial services contract at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the private operator and developer of Terminal B. This includes servicing the existing Terminal B, as well as the new state-of-the-art terminal that will open in phases through 2022.

    The redevelopment of Terminal B is one of the most complex airport construction projects in the world and when complete, the new Terminal B will be a 1.3 million square foot facility with 35 gates and dual pedestrian bridges that span active aircraft taxi lanes.

    “We are excited to partner with LaGuardia Gateway Partners on this amazing project,” says Don Stephens, President of Aviation, ABM. “As an industry leader in facility services and solutions with one of the industry’s largest aviation service portfolios, we are uniquely positioned to provide best-in-class cleaning for the flying public with our outstanding people, innovative standards and materials, and an environmental focus.”

    More at source: Global News Wire

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  • 27 Mar 2018 3:07 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    HALIFAX—Dozens of people rallied outside a downtown Halifax office building Monday in support of a group of Black janitors who were fired from their jobs after they revealed plans to file a human rights complaint based on allegations of racial discrimination.

    Protesters gather outside the Founders Square building Monday. Before losing their jobs abruptly last week, a group of Black janitors were to be laid off due to a contract termination.

    About 70 people gathered outside Founders Square to support janitorial workers, who were told they would be laid off at the end of this week, but were terminated last Friday after the allegations were made public.

    Darius Mirshahi, an organizer with the Service Employees International Union Local 2, said the group will file another complaint alleging that the workers were fired abruptly for complaining about alleged racism.

    More at source: The Star

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  • 26 Mar 2018 11:53 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Traditionally the cleaning sector has been heavy on harsh chemicals, but that is changing as consumers become more environmentally aware. However, not all companies have joined the party, with many choosing to alter their marketing instead of their products.

    Below you’ll find some of the most common marketing tricks used to sell cleaning products to the eco-conscious consumer.

    “All natural” doesn’t always mean safe

    The term “all natural” has become such a marketing buzzword that it now means almost nothing. One thing it doesn’t necessarily mean is “safe”. 

    Take ammonia, for example, which is a naturally occurring substance. It’s a compound made up of nitrogen and hydrogen (which I’m sure you’ll remember from the periodic table). Ammonia, while considered harmless in small amounts, can wreak havoc in concentrated quantities.

    More at source: Domain

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  • 23 Mar 2018 10:16 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Cleaning your carpet no longer has to be a job reserved for the pros. Not if you have the professional help of the new Hoover SmartWash. Promising to take all the confusion and guesswork out of carpet cleaning, this new machine claims to be the “most intuitive, best cleaning, full-sized carpet cleaner” on the market. And really, who couldn’t use a cleaner floor?

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    Going far beyond what your vacuum or a spray bottle and rag can do as far as beautifying and purifying your carpet, the Hoover SmartWash makes it nearly impossible to mess up your cleaning process. The machine auto-mixes and dispenses the cleaning solution, then automatically cleans by sensing how much detergent is needed, and finally automatically dries ... 

    More at source: Digital Trends

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  • 21 Mar 2018 1:11 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Dear Davi,

    Daily life with dogs and cats can make staying tidy difficult. The struggle for cleanliness in a cloud of dust and fur is real. How can I keep my home feeling fresh while protecting my pets from harmful cleaners?



    Muddy paw prints tracked across the floor and nose art on the window help make a house a home, but they also make a home dirtier, so dusting, mopping and scrubbing are a must. Still, your household chores don't necessarily need to be a pain when you have the right supplies. The stressful part is trying to choose products that are harmless to pets.

    Some of the products that clean and disinfect homes pose a danger to dogs and cats. Topping the list of hazardous cleaning products are bleach, laundry detergent pods and phenol-based disinfectants, such as Lysol and Pine-Sol.

    Bleach is a powerful disinfectant, but it's also a strong alkali-the opposite of an acid, ... 

    More at source: FolioWeekly

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