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Developmentally disabled replace union janitors at state buildings

Published: Sun, August 5, 2012 @ 1:21 p.m.

Developmentally disabled replace union janitors at state buildings

Associated Press


Developmentally disabled workers have replaced janitorial employees at a state-owned building in northern Ohio under a contract reorganization by the state.

The state Department of Administrative Services started the changes with One Government Center in Toledo but says it also will be arranging janitorial staffing for buildings it oversees in Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus, The Blade reported.

The department made the changes at the center housing Toledo and Lucas County government offices when the janitorial contract with Advanced Cleaning Contractors Inc. of Toledo expired in June.

Twenty-one workers hired through the union firm were told they no longer had jobs cleaning the 22-story building and were replaced by 24 developmentally disabled workers from the nonprofit Lott Industries.


1rocky14(839 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

THIS is why Kasick will be gone at the end of his term.

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2Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

This sounds very fishy and potentially disgusting. I am all for providing mentally disabled people with jobs they can do, but this seems like they are being exploited to do work for cheap. Just because Mr. Kasich and his crew doesn't want to deal with unions.

And why is the nonprofit mentioned at the end an "industry"?

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the new concept of nonprofits: not so secretly private endeavors that funnel public money into them in efforts to exploit your taxes for their own purposes.

This is no good.

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3Boardman120(82 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't find it exploitative to allow the handicapped to become productive members of society. How dare you imply they aren't good enough to do this job. They are probably better, and happier workers than the previous ones.

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4georgejeanie(1543 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Talk about exploitative, I think the taxpayer has been exploited for years by the unions and their greed. The unions concept is do less for more, it can only last so long then someone has to stand up for the taxpayer. Keep up the good work Governor KASICH.

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5AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

OK mr kasich. How much are the new employees being paid? How much did the former employees get paid? How much profit is the nonprofit company making?

I have no problem with disabled people working, but just to replace other workers for no other reason then they were union workers is JUST. PLAIN WRONG

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6HSG(187 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

If it were up to Kasich, he would replace all union workers with the disabled. The developmentally challenged or disabled do not have to be paid minimum wage and most do not make even half that! Don't believe me? Check that ultra liberal rag, the Columbus Dispatch. I just finished reading one of their articles saying how many of the disabled are exploited at their "jobs" and impoverished. You don't say?
The short sightedness of these union-busting haters is breathtaking.

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7WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

YSU has been doing this for some time. Must be the fault of the Republican leadership down there, huh? Stupid.

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8IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Follow the money. Who runs Lott Industries?, and how much do they donate to the Governor? I'd like to see how much of a salary the CEO of Lott Industries is making.

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9WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago


"...funnel public money into them in efforts to exploit your taxes for their own purposes..."

I think you defined the public union pretty well here! Congrats!

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