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Workers at Diversified Maintenance Systems announce 17 OSHA complaints Filed against the company


Senator Sandy Pappas Joins the Call to Sears to Use Responsible Cleaning Contractors

St. Paul – Retail cleaning workers, CTUL, State Senator Sandy Pappas and concerned community members gathered today to announce that 17 workers at Diversified Maintenance Systems recently filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) alleging violations of their right to a safe workplace. Diversified Maintenance Systems cleans Sears, Kmart, Target and Best Buy stores across the Twin Cities.

“I work for diversified using chemicals to clean the floors, but I have never received any training on what the chemicals are or how to protect myself from them,” said Alejandro Quirino, Diversified Maintenance worker and member of CTUL. “I believe that many workers are facing the same thing and that’s why 17 of us filed complaints,” he said.

“We believe that this company is hurting workers in our community, and we are calling on Sears to use a responsible cleaning company ,” said Gerania Mata, member of CTUL. In a report released earlier this year, CTUL uncovered that Diversified Maintenance Systems has had 6 lawsuits and 1 department of labor investigation alleging violations of wage and hour law just in the past 5 years. CTUL is currently working with a group of over 10 workers from the Twin Cities who have filed a lawsuit against Diversified Maintenance alleging failure to pay full overtime pay.

State Senator Sandy Pappas said, “I am very pleased to be here to join the call to Sears to support the workers and the neighborhoods by hiring a responsible cleaning contractor.”

Alejandro Quirino also said, “If these issues are not resolved we will be holding a large scale action on September 29th to protest the conditions that Diversified workers face while cleaning companies like Sears, Kmart, Target and Best Buy”

Press Coverage:

Pioneer Press: “many workers haven’t received training with the chemicals they use on the job, including floor-cleaning chemicals, and that they’re locked in the stores when working overnight”

Businessweek: “…Diversified said that while some stores are closed and must be locked when they’re cleaned…”

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La Prensa: “Yo creo que muchos trabajadores están pasando lo mismo y es por eso que 17 de nosotros metimos quejas.”

Check out the full list of press coverage on the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning