ST. LOUIS – The following is a statement from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 St. Louis Lambert Janitor Lasean Smith in response to the St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment postponing a vote regarding a $13.5 million airport cleaning contract involving irresponsible contractor ATALIAN Global Services and its local affiliate, Centaur Building Services. The board reconvenes on June 20:
“An irresponsible contractor with a troubling record on racial discrimination has no place at a world-class airport like St. Louis Lambert International Airport. St. Louis Lambert janitors will continue to fight to ensure our airport is an economic engine for our entire city and a place where working people feel valued and respected.
“St. Louis Lambert janitors showed up to today’s Board of Estimate and Apportionment meeting, and we will continue to show up until the board makes the right decision for working families: rejecting this contract.”
BACKGROUND: Last month, the Riverfront Times outlined how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found “reasonable cause to believe” ATALIAN affiliate Centaur Building Services violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act after discharging an employee, an African-American woman, due to her race. Despite this, on May 2, the St. Louis Lambert Airport Commission voted to award the contract to the company.