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City blames contractors for janitor job losses

Original post made on Nov 15, 2012

After janitors protested job losses and pay cuts Thursday, city officials shifted the blame for the cuts onto the city's janitorial service providers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 15, 2012, 1:58 PM


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Posted by HL
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

"After most of lost their jobs and others lost most of their compensation, ..."
What the hell is THAT?

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Wow was this a union or non-union editor that approved this article?

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Posted by vfree
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Welcome to the real world. We should cut the number council members to 5 now.

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Posted by jupierk
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

it would be nice if the writer goes through the article before sending it to publish. is there even an Editor at this newspaper?

Coming to the important matter, I am surprised the city took this option. Is this another way to support undocumented aliens? I am not even sure if the current workers are legal or undocumented? We sure have become a society of law violators? How about employing undocumented aliens in other jobs like library, IT, city council, finance, police, Fire, etc..?

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Posted by Waldo
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Waldo is a registered user.

Some decent, hard-working people got screwed, just so we MV taxpayers could save about a dollar per year, probably much less. We should be ashamed.

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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hold the phones here people.

First of all.. the City of Mountain View didn't fire any people.

The City fired a COMPANY. That company then fired their people.

That company should have thought about their people before pushing the city for an increase.

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Posted by Nick
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Maybe if the City Council hadn't denied the Chick-Fil-A... then we'd have the tax revenue to pay workers.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

You voted for obama, now deal with it. This is what is going to happen. LOL, Love it.

See what your union will do for you now.

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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

THIS IS INTERESTING>>>>> Please read the "VIEW'S" article on Jose Vargas, the illegal journalist... There are three "comments" on him, all tell him to get legal or get out...

FUNNY... there is NO ROOM to post any further comments.. Wuzzthe matter VIEW ? Don't you want to hear what real citizens have to say about him ? I have heard him talk, he is very convincing and a real speaker. BUT.... BUT... HE IS AN ILLEGAL resident, without a driver's license. Has he voted ??

Bye George.... who wants to comment on THAT article..

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Posted by Gustavo
a resident of Slater
on Nov 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

I’m a Mountain View resident for a couple of decades. I love my city and believe that this city is growing in the business sector as well in the community, and I don’t understand why the city cannot put a good contract on the table for janitorial service. I believe that the taxes payer shouldn’t be listening to these types of disrespect to the workers who are already making low wages and paying high cost of living like rent in “Mountain View”. On top of losing the pay rate and hours; they have lost all their benefits.
I suggest that in the RFP (request for proposal) the city must estipulate that the contractor must be union or pay prevailing wages to the cleaning staff that way the contractor knows how to bid the project. I know that the city is blaming the contractor, but if there is an open dialog these types of situations wouldn’t happen. Now, the people who are hurting the most are the poor janitors.
As a tax payer, I am very disappointed with way my city has handle the janitorial service contract.