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.
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.
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.
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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Employee Crushes Hand on Ironer
SOMMERVILLE, Mass. — A commercial laundry has been fined by OSHA after an employee’s had was crushed while lubricating the chain of an ironer that was running. The OSHA inspection found that the machine was not de-energized prior to the maintenance that was attempted. Royal Institutional Services Inc., has been cited by OSHA for four alleged violations of workplace safety standards. The laundry, owned by Angelica Corp., faces a total of $49,935 in proposed fines.