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Laundry Workers On Strike

SOMERVILLE, MA. — Over 400 laundry workers at Angelica Corporation are striking for what they call a fair contract. Negotiations between the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1445 representing the workers, and the company stalled on the provision of a living wage and improved benefits, including parental leave and affordable healthcare. Of the 450 workers, mostly immigrants, only 23 did not join the strike on the first day.

Laundry Fined In Wastewater Discharge Complaint

HARTFORD, Conn. — Ameripride was fined over half a million dollars in a settlement of federal charges of violations of state and federal clean water rules at its Hartford plant.

The complaint included allegations that the laundry wastewater violated its state permit on discharge for a number of pollutants — including oil and grease, and zinc, lead, and copper.

DRYER FIRE at Victory Field

A dryer fire at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis caused minor damage at the baseball stadium. The fire was caused by a commercial dryer in the laundry room. It is believed that residual grease on towels being dried ignited the fire. No injuries were reported.

Washex Lays Off Employees And Closes Plant

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Washex’s Wichita Falls plant recently closed its doors and laid off an undetermined amount of employees. According to The Times Record News, a Wichita Falls newspaper, direct deposit payroll checks were issued to some Washex employees but transactions to the accounts at one bank were reversed. It is unknown if the company has ceased business operations. Laundry Today’s attempts to contact Washex officials were unsuccessful.

Since October 2000, Washex has been owned by the parent company of Lavatec Inc., Lavatec AG, a manufacturer of heavy-duty laundry equipment based in Germany. Lavatec, headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July.

Cintas Says Worker Disregarded Training

Attorney’s for Cintas Corp. claim that the worker who fell into an industrial dryer and died in 2007 “consciously disregarded his training.”

Court filings this week in Tulsa federal court state that the worker received safety training and understood the correct process on how to clear laundry jams. The worker’s widow is suing Cintas. She claims plant managers encouraged her husband and co-workers to climb onto conveyors to dislodge clumps of clothes to move them into dryers. Cintas is asking for summary judgment without a trial.

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Got Bedbugs? Help Is Here

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) launched the www.bedbugtoolkit.com, 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.