Supporters rally around laid-off housekeepers
January 29, 2010
WOODS HOLE, MA — Residents and union members rallied in support of the housekeeping staff of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), laid off as part of an effort to cut costs by outsourcing the cleaning to Texas-based Jani-King, according to the Cape Cod Times.
According to the story, MBL says that due to the low number of visitors in the winter months, employing a year-round housekeeping staff is not financially feasible, and the decision to layoff the housekeepers was a difficult one.
Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199 — which represents the housekeepers and 70 other MBL employees — joined the housekeepers and some local residents at a rally to urge MBL to keep the housekeepers, whose last day is set to be February 6, on staff, the story stated.
Jeff Hall, spokesman for the union, said: "The notion that this world-class research center is going to balance their budget on the backs of their lowest-paid employees is preposterous."