Sun-Times Exposes Unsanitary Conditions in O’Hare Bathrooms, United Maintenance violates contract again

Laid Off Workers Call on City’s Public Health Department to Investigate Urgent Health Risk at O’Hare

Chicago—Laid off O’Hare workers and other SEIU Local 1 members will call on the City’s Public Health Department to immediately investigate the health risks caused by gross unsanitary conditions in the O’Hare airport bathrooms reported by the Chicago Sun-Times today at 10:45 a.m. (at City Hall) and 4:30 p.m. (at the Clark and Lake Blue line stop). The workers will pass out urgent health warnings to potential travelers all day today.

This is the latest in a series of contract violations perpetrated by United Maintenance, the cleaning contractor chosen by Mayor Emanuel to clean the nation’s second busiest airport starting last December. Along with several City Council members and the Better Government Association, SEIU Local 1 has called on the IG to investigate the contract after it was revealed that United Maintenance head Rick Simon has ties to organized crime and failed to disclose the sale of half his company during the contract award process. Hundreds of union workers lost their jobs as a result of this contracting decision.

If Mayor Emanuel had supported and passed the Responsible Bidders Ordinance, this debacle would never have been possible. The ordinance has widespread support in the City Council but has not moved out of committee gridlock in more than a year.

What:                   Protest at City Hall

Where:                City Hall: 121 N LaSalle, Chicago

When:                 Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.

And again later today at the Clark & Lake Blue Line Stop at 4:30 p.m.

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