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Janitor switchover at tower sparks rally

October 6, 2008

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.

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