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  • 19 Mar 2024 9:16 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitorial workers at local university blame cleaning product for allergic reactions

    Several janitorial workers employed by a company that cleans Nova Southeastern University are voicing concerns regarding a new product they have been asked to use.

    They believe a new disinfectant they began using in December made them sick and say the company they work for, Encompass Onsite, did not take their concerns seriously.

    “I felt like I couldn’t get air. All of this burned,” said worker Alba Ramirez, pointing to her throat.

    Another worker Angel Valdes said when he grabbed the liquid, he began having trouble breathing.

    “A rash broke out on my face, my entire body,” a third worker, Maria Teresa Hernandez, told NBC6 Investigators.

    Helene O’Brien is the union leader of 32BJ SEIU, which represents janitorial workers in Florida.

    More at source: NBC

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  • 05 Mar 2024 1:36 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Thousands of janitors begin three-day strike across Twin Cities, MSP Airport

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Thousands of Twin Cities essential workers took to the picket line Monday after months of unsuccessful bargaining.

    Over 4,000 janitors with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 began a three-day strike at 6 a.m. outside the Ameriprise headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. The union says the workers intend to strike at over 100 buildings across the metro this week and at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

    Janitorial workers in downtown Minneapolis demand better wages

    "Our two biggest issues are wage increases and getting an employer-paid retirement for the first time," said Greg Nammacher, president of SEIU Local 26.

    More at source: CBS

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  • 23 Feb 2024 2:18 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Labor Department cites meatpacking cleaning company for 'oppressive child labor' practices

    The Department of Labor has issued an injunction and temporary restraining order against a meatpacking industry cleaning and sanitation company for allegedly "continuing to engage in oppressive child labor" in Virginia and Iowa.

    The nationwide restraining order and injunction was filed on Wednesday against the Tennessee-based company Fayette Janitorial Service LLC, whose workers clean and sanitize meat processing facilities and dry food processing plants.

    According to the filing, children as young as 13 were used to clean dangerous slaughterhouse equipment. At least one 14-year-old working at a Virginia facility suffered severe injuries on the job.

    More at source: ABC NEWS

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  • 13 Feb 2024 1:35 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)


    GREEN BAY, WI – A federal investigation into how a Tufco LP employee’s fingertip was amputated in August 2023 determined that the Green Bay household cleaning products manufacturer violated federal regulations for the control of hazardous energy during service and maintenance tasks and failed to report the amputation injury, as required.  

    An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration at Tufco LP found an employee’s fingertip was severed while clearing a pump’s outfeed on Aug. 18, 2023. The employee was part of an overnight crew that was running and maintaining melt tanks used to create scented laundry beads. Safety investigators learned the product lines were not locked out or shut down, exposing the worker to the pumps’ point of operation.

    OSHA inspectors determined Tufco LP lacked written lockout/tagout procedures that would have prevented employees from contact with moving machine parts and failed to retrain employees on such procedures when they were re-assigned to a new production area. OSHA also noted a lack of machine guarding and that the plant failed to develop and implement a respiratory protection program. The agency cited the company for exposing workers to similar machine hazards in 2019 and 2021. 

    More at source: US Dept. Of Labor

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  • 02 Feb 2024 9:01 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    'Trash Wolf' prowls around Tampa cleaning up litter

    Beautiful People sometimes do dirty jobs. Mateo Smith is hoping to raise awareness about the problem so others will help.

    TAMPA, Fla. — Keeping the Tampa Bay area clean can be a dirty job, but a Tampa man has taken on the challenge with a unique twist. He dresses like a wolf.  

    "My name is Mateo Smith, but in my spare time I am the Trash Wolf." 

    About a year and a half ago, Mateo said he just couldn't take it anymore. He was tired of seeing trash scattered in every corner of the Tampa Bay area.

    More at source: WTSP

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  • 25 Jan 2024 9:33 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    California Labor Commissioner’s Office Reaches $1 Million Settlement with Cheesecake Factory, Janitorial Contractors

    Owed Wages to be Distributed to 589 Janitors

    San Diego—The Labor Commissioner’s Office (LCO) reached a $1 million settlement against the Cheesecake Factory Restaurants Inc. dba The Cheesecake Factory and two janitorial contractors for underpaying 589 janitorial workers.

    Janitors who worked at Cheesecake Factory restaurants in Brea, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Escondido, San Diego-Fashion Valley and San Diego-Seaport District between August 31, 2014 and August 31, 2017 should immediately contact LCO at (619) 767-2039 as they may be entitled to owed wages and damages under the settlement agreement.

    “California strengthened its laws to remove loopholes that allowed businesses to subcontract services and avoid responsibility to ensure workers are paid what they are owed,” said Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower. “This settlement is a result of our effort to use enforcement tools which increase compliance, levels the playing field and recovers owed wages for workers.”

    More at the source: State Of California

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  • 10 Jan 2024 8:43 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Powerful storms bring heavy snow, rain, tornadoes, flooding to much of U.S., leave several deAD

    A storm packing high winds and heavy rain was sweeping through the Northeast early Wednesday while wild winter weather elsewhere brought tornadoes and deadly accidents in the Midwest and South, flood threats in Florida and blizzards in the Northwest.

    Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses up and down the East Coast and in Michigan had no power early Wednesday, according to PowerOutage.u.s. And said hundreds of U.S. flights were canceled as of Wednesday morning.

    Northeast seeing heavy rain and winds as storms that walloped much of US roll through region - What's Up Newp

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm on Tuesday afternoon and New York City officials evacuated nearly 2,000 migrants housed at a sprawling tent complex ahead of predicted wind gusts as high as 70 mph.

    More at source: CBS

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  • 03 Jan 2024 2:43 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Imperial Dade expands coverage in Washington with acquisition of Insight Distributing

    Imperial Dade on Tuesday announced it acquired Insight Distributing in Spokane, Washington. The transaction represents the 77th acquisition for Jersey City-based Imperial Dade under the leadership of Robert and Jason Tillis, chairman and CEO of Imperial Dade, respectively.

    Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

    With history dating back to 1941, Insight has been a staple in Spokane and will remain an integral leader going forward. Owned and operated by Ken and Luke Pearlstein, the company remains committed to providing its customers and associates with the highest level of attention. The company’s two locations service its loyal and diverse customer base throughout Washington and Idaho.

    “Insight’s storied history in the industry and exceptional customer service make it a great addition to the Imperial Dade platform,” Robert Tillis said.

    More at source: ROI

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  • 20 Dec 2023 12:22 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    World's Largest Janitor Statue, world record in Pocatello, Idaho

    Pocatello, Idaho, United States--The Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho, United States, founded by Don Aslett, has a vacuum exhibit that houses over 1,000 vacuums that span a century of cleaning and  is the proud home of a giant janitor statue, Big Don; standing at 20 feet tall, Big Don provides a rare photo opportunity as well as big cleaning inspiration, while setting the world record for being the World's Largest Janitor Statue, according to the WORLD RECORD ACADEMY.

    "The Museum of Clean is the proud home of the world’s largest janitor, Big Don. Standing at 20 feet tall, Big Don provides a rare photo opportunity as well as big cleaning inspiration," says the official website.

    More at source: World Record Academy

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  • 08 Dec 2023 1:25 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitorial workers in downtown Minneapolis demand better wages as union contract comes up for negotiation

    Janitors and other essential workers marched through the Minneapolis skyway Thursday afternoon as they began their fight for a new union contract in 2024.

    The workers with Service Employees International Union Local 26 are demanding better salaries, retirement pensions, and improved working conditions in their new contract. Local 26 represents more than 8,000 janitors, security officers, retail cleaners and airport workers in Minnesota.

    According to the union’s website, workers are demanding wage increases of up to $5 per hour. Some of the members spoke Thursday about feeling disrespected on the job, and the need for a city-run labor standards board...

    More at source: Sahan Journal

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