September 12, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Boston, MA – Trying to prevent the layoffs of up to 70 janitors who clean subway stations, 32BJ Service Employees International Union District 615 filed unfair-labor-practices complaints Sept. 1 against the two contractors who provide cleaning services for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
The two companies, S.J. Services and ABM Industries, eliminated 34 of the 318 cleaning positions, according to the MBTA. The union says close to 70 workers will lose their jobs, and others will have their hours reduced. The complaints filed with the National Labor Relations Board allege that the companies refused to bargain over any of the cuts or layoffs. “These janitorial cuts have been forced down the throat of the janitors and the millions of T riders who expect and deserve clean and sanitary stations,” 32BJ vice president Roxana Rivera said in a statement. The union said janitors now have the “impossible” task of cleaning four or five stations in a day, in fewer hours than they used to work. Read more