CMM Weekly News Recap—May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019

While janitors working in downtown Cleveland, OH, are celebrating their new contracts, other janitorial staff are still waiting for their wage increases. Housekeepers at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, were scheduled to receive raises this year after university officials approved a minimum wage increase of US$15 per hour. However, the pay increases are stalled due to pending approval of the university’s budget by the Tennessee General Assembly.

There’s no doubt housekeepers and other cleaners deserve their pay increases as they help keep building residents and the general public safe from disease-causing pathogens. These germs can be found in areas people go to get healthy. A new study found ball pits in physical therapy clinics were awash with more than 30 disease-causing pathogens. Researchers who analyzed the brightly-colored plastic balls found up to 170,818 different bacteria on the dirtiest ones.

It’s not surprising germs are also prevalent on surfaces where food is prepared as well as in the food itself. A report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of foodborne infections significantly increased in 2018 compared to recent years. Cyclospora, a foodborne illness caused by parasites, had the largest increase—399%—due to large outbreaks linked to produce last year, including romaine lettuce.

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