ST. LOUIS – Ahead of the Express Scripts shareholders meeting, janitors who clean the company’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. More than 50 contracted janitors who clean the company will become SEIU Local 1 members on June 1, 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 local affiliate Centaur Building Services, are set to lose the account, their largest in the St. Louis area. The company 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 after Centaur discharged an employee, an African-American woman, due to her race. The loss of this major account calls into question the company’s fitness to clean a world-class airport like St. Louis Lambert International Airport.