Local 1 janitors are victorious in their fight to keep their union strong at St. Louis Lambert International Airport! By coming together, janitors ensured standards will remain high for the working people and passengers of our airport.
Earlier this year, the St. Louis Lambert International Airport Authority voted to award a $13.5 million contract to an irresponsible contractor Centaur Building Services. Centaur faced serious scrutiny from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for racial discrimination. In 2015, the EEOC found “reasonable cause to believe” Centaur discriminated against an employee after discharging her, an African-American woman, due to her race. The contractor also lowers standards for working people across the St. Louis region by paying janitors low wages and offering bare-bones health benefits.
Local 1 Lambert janitors stood together and showed St. Louis elected leaders that discrimination has no place at a world-class airport, packing Board of Estimate and Apportionment meetings, telling their stories in the press and getting the word out on social media. On August 22, the Board listened to Local 1 janitors, keeping Centaur out of our airport!
Their victory shows that working people coming together is the strongest force for change in our communities. Local 1 janitors will continue to fight to ensure Lambert remains an economic engine for all of St. Louis, not just the wealthy and well-connected.