Developmentally disabled replace union janitors at state buildings

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Developmentally disabled replace union janitors at state buildings

Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio

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.