Union urges Airport Commission to pick cleaning contractor working people, passengers and taxpayers can trust
By TIM ROWDEN
The St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment, responding to concerned raised by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 voted last week against awarding a $13.5 million contract to irresponsible contractor ATALIAN Global Services and its local affiliate, Centaur Building Services.
“By coming together and speaking out for good jobs and standards at our airport, Local 1 St. Louis Lambert janitors won a big victory today,” said Local 1 St. Louis Lambert Janitor Lasean Smith.
Centaur has a history of racial discrimination and union-busting.
In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found “reasonable cause to believe” Centaur violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act for firing an African-American woman in 2013 due to her race. Just this year, Centaur settled an NLRB case for $7,000 after a Centaur janitor at Express Scripts alleged he was fired for union organizing.
NO PLACE AT LAMBERT
“We are glad that our elected leaders agree: A company that has a history of racial discrimination has no place at a world-class airport like St. Louis Lambert,” Smith said.
“The janitors of St. Louis Lambert urge the Airport Commission to pick a responsible cleaning contractor who will ensure working people have a voice on the job. Doing so will make sure our airport is an economic engine for our entire city.”