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Cleaning cuts protested

June 11, 2014

BOSTON — Lawmakers and union officials are voicing concerns about the MBTA’s proposed plan to cut nearly 30 percent of its janitorial workforce, according to The Malden Observer.

The MBTA Board has awarded contracts to SJ Services and American Building Maintenance, which call for a cut of 29 percent, or 90 workers, of the cleaning staff effective September 1, 2014, the article stated.

"I want to say shame on [the state Department of Transportation] and shame on the administration that would balance the budget on the backs of the lowest paid workers in the state,” said Sen. Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington).

According to the article, Union officials said the cuts will result in dirtier MBTA stations.

"I have 17 MBTA stations affected with this cutback in workforce and it’s very concerning to me. We’re very concerned about the quality of life effect, the public safety effect and obviously the burden this would place on displaced workers," Sen. Anthony Petruccelli (D-East Boston) added.

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