Janitors and clergy staged a rally this morning over a decision by the owner of the 101 W. Ohio office tower downtown to hire a janitorial contractor that didn't sign on to a citywide janitors' contract negotiated last spring.
The Service Employees International Union said Philadelphia-based Amerimar Enterprises replaced New York-based ABM Industries Inc. with locally based Executive Management Services.
ABM had signed on to the pact-which stipulates higher pay and benefits-while EMS did not.
SEIU says the switch has left 17 ABM janitors without a job as of today.
A representative of Amerimar was not immediately available for comment.