Victory will raise standards, make North St. Louis County better for all
By TIM ROWDEN
Ahead of the Express Scripts shareholders meeting, janitors who clean the Express Script’s North St. Louis County facilities are set to win higher wages, quality health care and a brighter future by joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1.
Express Scripts janitors, joined by SEIU Local 1 janitors, Missouri Jobs with Justice and Pine Lawn Alderwoman Roslyn Brown rallied outside Express Scripts headquarters recently to celebrate their victory.
As of June 1, more than 50 janitors will join SEIU Local 1, winning higher wages, better healthcare benefits and a voice on the job, raising standards and wages for working people across St. Louis County.
“We came together, spoke out, and won higher wages and a voice on the job,” said Vertiece Bryant, a janitor at Express Scripts. “This isn’t just a victory for janitors at Express Scripts. It’s a victory for all North St. Louis County working families.”
The current cleaning contractor at Express Scripts, irresponsible contractor Atalian Global Services and its local affiliate Centaur Building Services, are set to lose the account, the company’s largest in the St. Louis area.
But Atalian is the finalist to win a $13.5 million cleaning contract at St. Louis Lambert International Airport despite facing a serious Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finding for racial discrimination for firing an African-American woman because of her race.
SEIU Local 1 spokesman Nick Desideri said the loss of the Express Scripts account calls into question the company’s fitness to clean a world-class airport like St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
“This is not the kind of company that belongs at Lambert,” Desideri said. “The workers at our airport deserve a voice on the job, and taxpayer money should not be going to a company with this kind of record.”