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Milwaukee County privitizes janitorial services

December 14, 2009
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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County recently privatized janitorial services in 10 county-owned buildings and awarded MidAmerican Building Services the $1.2 million contract, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
MidAmerican Building Services, which beat out 10 other building service contractors (BSCs), will begin cleaning the buildings January 18, 2010, and will be paid $97,793 a month, the story stated.
According to the story, only large public bathrooms and hallways will be cleaned until MidAmerican officially begins its contract, meaning many areas in the buildings could be less clean than they were under previous cleaning arrangements.
Supervisors complained that they were cut out of the process to select private firms to take over custodial services for the county, a move that resulted in about 90 workers being laid off, the story noted.
Some find it curious that Edward M. Aprahamian Jr., owner of MidAmerican Building Services and a partner in a political consulting firm who has made sizeable donations to the Wisconsin governor''s race, was chosen as the contractor for the 10 county buildings, the story added.
According to the article, some county workers were warned that bathrooms used by 300 court workers won''t be cleaned until mid-January because of the time discrepancy between the layoff of county janitors and the hiring of MidAmerican Building Services.
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