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Janitors could be forced into public assistance

January 09, 2009
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STAMFORD, CT — Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ have been fighting since last summer to levy the state to amend the standard wage law, according to CTNewsJunkie.com.
Under the law, janitors who clean state buildings receive benefits equal to 30 percent of their wages; however, due to the failure of the state legislature and the governor to amend the law last year, more than 350 members and about 100 of their spouses will be forced into the state''s publicly-funded Medicaid program, the story stated.
According to the union, the move will cost the state $1.6 million when it would only cost the state about $500,000 to continue the union’s current benefits, the story noted.
Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy said: "The governor is literally shooting herself in her foot because it will cost the state more money if these workers are forced onto public assistance."
The union will continue to fight for its members in hopes that the state will subsidize their health coverage, the story added.
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