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L.A. union workers protest contracting janitorial services to 'low-paying' vendor

May 10, 2011 |  3:20 pm

Hundreds of union members appeared before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to protest the proposed award of an $11-million contract for janitorial services to a vendor they said pays low wages.

"More and more Americans are standing up and saying, 'We are better than that,' " said Mike Garcia, President of SEIU United Service Workers West.

The proposed agreement would award the contract for janitorial services at county health clinics and hospitals to Sodexo America.

Workers said that the new firm pays as little as $8 an hour to some workers and provides lower compensation than the current contract holder, Servicon.

Supervisors are set to vote on the proposal in two weeks.

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-- Garrett Therolf at the L.A. County Hall of Administration

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