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Library cleaning to be privatized

January 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is being asked by County Librarian Margaret D. Todd to approve a four-year janitorial contract for the county's 15 libraries, according to SCV-TV.

la county librariesCurrently, custodial services are handled by county employees, all members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the article stated.

According to the article, Todd is advocating to have janitorial services put to bid because they "can be performed more economically by an independent contractor than by county employees."

Janitorial services at the 15 libraries cost the county more than $300,000 per year when the work is performed by county employees, while the annual contract cost with Diamond Contract Services is roughly $250,000, the article noted.

Under the contract, Diamond is required to meet the county’s living wage and other employment requirements, the article added.

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