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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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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) launched the, a free online resource to help hotel owners and operators stop bed bugs before they spread. The kit features downloadable materials on how to train staff to detect bed bugs early and actions to take when they suspect a guest room is infested. The digital toolkit includes a fact sheet about how bed bugs spread, their life-cycle and where they like to hide; a poster on bed bug detection; an instructional video showing where to inspect for bed bugs and what signs to look for; and a convenient pocket card for housekeeping staff with directions on how to inspect a room and what to do if bed bugs are found.