Janitors lodge pay grievance
GAITHERSBURG, MD — More than 300 janitors contracted to work at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Uniformed Services University and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have not been paid for weeks, but were told to continue to report for shifts, according to The Gazette.
Services Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ has filed a complaint with the federal labor department, alleging that Escab Enterprises has failed to pay them for at least the past two weeks, the article stated.
According to the article, the company has told the janitors to continue working, but has not told them when or if they would be paid the wages they are owed.
The company had apparently stopped paying insurance premiums back in June, but the janitors didn’t want to strike because keeping a clean hospital is important for the patients' health, the article noted.
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