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Drive To Unite Angelica

NEW YORK, N.Y. – UNITE, the union of laundry workers in North America, announced that hundreds of workers at plants in more than 20 cities have begun a coordinated campaign to fight for unionization in the nation’s largest healthcare laundry provider, Angelica Textile Services. Angelica Textile Services, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Angelica Corporation, is the only national industrial laundry company with an exclusive focus on providing linens to hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities. One-third of its workforce is currently working without a union contract.

According to UNITE, workers in Angelica plants are facing workplace problems, including discrimination, dangerous working conditions, insufficient wages, and inaccessible healthcare. Additionally, saysUNITE, in the past, Angelica has responded to workers’ forming a union by threatening them.

“No worker at Angelica should face the kind of pressure and intimidation that Angelica engages in. That’s why so many of us who are already union members chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by joining the workers at non-union Angelica plants to demand a fair process for them to choose to unionize,” explained Barbara Johnson, a union activist at Angelica’s Chicago plant. “This fight is about respect and dignity at work.”

Angelica representatives did not return calls for comment.

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Sodexo Laundry Services Technology Recognized By CIO Magazine

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An innovative use of computer technology that increases operational efficiency by providing key metrics for its commercial laundry operations and has saved more than $100,000 since its implementation has earned Sodexo, Inc. IDG’s CIO magazine’s 2010 CIO 100 Award. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is a central decision-support tool that combines information from multiple systems to monitor core processes in Laundry and Linen Services businesses.

The dashboard presents Sodexo leadership and field management with key metrics in a customized, easy to use presentation. The dashboard uses Pureshare® Active-Metrics® software to gather and display appropriate information in the form of metrics for each level of management; the metrics are used to make business decisions. Because the dashboard is web-based, it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends realtime email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately. Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons.