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 vote today 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.
“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.
“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.”
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 3, the St. Louis Lambert Airport Commission voted to award the contract to the company.
Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest including nearly 10,000 commercial janitors, higher education faculty, food service workers, state workers in the Division of Probation and Parole, school custodians, patient care professionals, and more in Missouri. Local 1 is committed to improving the lives of its members and all working people by winning real economic justice and standing at the forefront of the fight for immigrant, racial and environmental justice.