RELEASE: Labor union and environmental group unite in call for change at Daimler Trucks North America 

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2018 Contact: Rae Dunnaville, 503-919-1960, raed@seiu49.org A janitors’ labor union and air quality activists have teamed up to advocate for Daimler to change its approach to community engagement. PORTLAND, OR — Portland-area janitors and their allies have criticized Daimler (OTCMKTS: DMLRY) for hiring a low-wage, non-union janitorial contractor to clean its […]

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Daimler Trucks of North America Continues Indifferent Reaction to Serious Allegations Against Service Contractors

“U.S. Security is the most unprofessional company I have ever worked with!” -Security Official, Delaware Courts   Daimler Trucks of North America received public funding, to the tune of $20 million in state and local assistance, to construct their headquarters building, completed in 2016. As part of the agreement, Daimler […]

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Victory for Janitors at Nike

Last September, Millennium Building Service janitors approached property managers for Nike to ask for them to speak up for janitors’ job quality at the Nike corporate headquarters.  The janitors were paid poverty wages, had no access to affordable health insurance, believed they were being denied protected sick time, and wanted […]

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Unico Properties Eliminates Good Jobs at Machineworks and the Lovejoy

Shortly after union janitors left the building, complaints already had come up and tenants were concerned – that’s what janitors heard when they visited The Lovejoy and Machineworks in Northwest Portland in August.  Unico Properties manages both The Lovejoy and also Machineworks, a property owned by Blackrock (NYSE: BLK).  In […]

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Unico delegation at Lovejoy Building

Janitors & Supporters Speak Out About Switch to Low Road Contractors at Machineworks and the Lovejoy Building

Tenants at The Lovejoy and Machine Works aren’t the only ones dissatisfied after Millennium Building Services took over janitorial service at the buildings—local janitors are speaking out too! The property manager, Unico Properties, is in the hot seat after they decided to bring in Millennium instead of one of the […]

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Daimler Challenged for Contracting US Security Associates, Millennium Building Services

When Daimler decided in 2016 to keep its headquarters in Portland, they gained nearly $20 million in public subsidies to build a beautiful new building. Daimler committed to create good jobs – and for some workers, they did. But when it came to the mostly immigrant women who clean the […]

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Justice for Janitors Day: Oregon Moves to Protect Vulnerable Workers

June 15 marks an important anniversary for janitors and security officers across the world. Each year, janitors across the country mark the occasion with major actions to continue to fight for good jobs. In Portland, members of the janitor’s union, SEIU 49, visited premier property managers and building owners to […]

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REPORT: Cleaning Up Oregon’s Janitorial Industry

July 1, 2018, a new Oregon law will hold janitorial contractors and their customers responsible for fixing longstanding problems in the industry, including sexual harassment and assault, discrimination, and wage theft.

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The Revolving Door at Daimler HQ

Cleaners Report Extremely High Turnover Rate The company that cleans Daimler Trucks North America’s headquarters – Millennium Building Services – has an employee turnover problem. Millennium janitors and day porters at Daimler come and go so fast that the turnover rate on site is nearly 100 percent per year, according […]

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Allegations of Discrimination, Harassment Against Daimler’s Security Contractor

U.S. Security Associates Subject to More Than 50 Federal Lawsuits As the national discussion on discrimination and harassment in the workplace continues, US Security Associates (USSA) and related entities have been the subject of more than 50 federal lawsuits—including racial discrimination & sexual harassment–since 2000. This litigation fans out across […]

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Security Officers Call Out US Security as Employer Plagued by Workplace Issues

In a recent poll by Stand For Security, guards from California to Texas to Florida weighed in on their experience working for US Security Associates. More than 65% of officers who completed the poll cited issues with US Security not respecting and listening to the employees who guard the sites […]

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Let’s Talk about Good Jobs at Umpqua Bank Plaza

Umpqua Bank prides itself on being a community bank, responsive to the needs of the people it serves and open to hearing comments from customers and the public. But when their janitorial contractor at their headquarters, Umpqua Bank Plaza, decided to eliminate 7 good union jobs for janitors in their […]

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US Security Associates Subject to 50+ Federal Lawsuits

As the spotlight on sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace grows brighter, US Security Associates (USSA) and related entities have been the subject of more than 50 federal lawsuits–including sexual harassment and gender discrimination–since 2000. In Portland, US Security Associates provides security to Daimler Trucks of North America, […]

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Nike Janitors Confront Nike to Do the Right Thing

Janitors who clean the buildings at Nike World Headquarters went to property management last week demanding that Nike hold the contractors that they hire accountable for their actions. Janitors who work for Millennium Building Service (MBS) previously called on Nike to put a stop to the bad actions of MBS […]

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Federal Charges Filed on Millennium at Nike World Headquarters

“My coworkers and I are committed to winning better jobs. Today, we filed a charge with the NLRB to defend our rights from threats and intimidation, because when our supervisor threatens our jobs or our hours, they’re threatening our families.” – Laura Sixtos, Millennium Janitor who cleans Nike buildings Millennium […]

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How Daimler Trucks Stole Christmas

Daimler Trucks’ headquarters received a surprise visit this holiday season: Millennium Building Service janitors and supporters who stopped by to sing Christmas carols, modified with messages Daimler needs to hear. Instead of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” they sang, “We’ll Fight for Living Wages!” and other modified holiday classics. […]

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In 2018, take the guesswork out of choosing your cleaning & security contractors

Just like the nation’s largest real estate owners and managers, you probably rely on outsourced security and cleaning services to keep your building—and business—running safely and smoothly. Unfortunately, we know not every service contractor can be trusted to deliver value for both their clients and workforce. In response, folks just […]

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Nike Janitors Vindicated by State Agency Findings

After state enforcement action triggered by worker complaints, Millennium Building Service (MBS) appears to have had to correct some of its ways. Millennium janitors clean buildings throughout the Portland area, including buildings at Nike World Headquarters, Daimler Trucks of North America, some buildings at Portland State University, and downtown office […]

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Spotlight on Daimler at Prosper Portland Board meeting

When Daimler Trucks of North America received up to $20 million in city and state subsidies to construct its new headquarters, the company committed to bringing good jobs to Portland as part of the deal. Because Daimler’s janitors are employed by subcontractor Millennium Building Services, and subcontractors aren’t covered by […]

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Zeller Realty chose a company with a history of legal problems to clean Umpqua Bank Plaza

National Maintenance Contractors (NMC), the company Zeller Realty Group chose to clean Umpqua Bank Plaza, sells dubious franchises to janitors—reportedly often to immigrant workers with limited English proficiency—through contracts that charge thousands of dollars in fees for the right to service Zeller’s customer accounts. Recently, the Oregon Court of Appeals […]

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Umpqua Bank Plaza Tenants Hear Scary Truth

On Halloween, janitors and community supporters visited Umpqua Bank Plaza to share frightening news with tenants about the janitorial company selected to clean the building. Umpqua Bank Plaza first caught the attention of community leaders this summer, when new building owner Zeller Realty replaced its union janitorial company with National […]

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Portland janitors step up their call on building owners to practice responsible contracting

Millennium Building Service (MBS) janitors, who clean the offices of major corporations and institutions across Portland, filed complaints with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) on Wednesday, 9/20, alleging wage theft, underpayment of wages, and denial of legally-protected sick time. A group of janitors visited the BOLI offices […]

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Hundreds demonstrate at Umpqua Bank Plaza to urge real estate company to hire responsible janitorial contractor

Members of SEIU Local 49 joined Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers and community activists in a demonstration outside Umpqua Bank Plaza on August 25. Hundreds participated in the rally, which was the latest in a series of efforts to urge the Chicago-based property owner, Zeller Realty Group, to reverse its consequential decision […]

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Good Jobs Leaving Umpqua Bank Plaza

Recently, Chicago-based Zeller Realty Group bought the Umpqua Bank Plaza building and decided to switch janitorial contractors, bringing in one with a documented history of paying low wages and benefits. Now janitors in this building – like Maria Jimenez – are threatened by the possibility of losing their good jobs. […]

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Millennium Building Services workers say: “Justice for Janitors!”

Portland-area janitors took action to stand up for good jobs, as part of a nationally coordinated day of action. Low-wage janitors stood with faith leaders, union members, other non-union workers, and community supporters to demand that Millennium Building Services (MBS) create good jobs for working Oregonians. On a day that […]

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What’s going on with Millennium Building Services?

Millennium Building Services is a commercial cleaning and maintenance company based on Portland’s Swan Island. It serves some of the biggest companies in our area – Nike, Providence Health Services, and a number of downtown skyscrapers. It seems to be doing good business, having acquired other local janitorial companies in […]

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Properties in the Spotlight: Daimler Headquarters

Daimler Trucks of North America unveiled its new headquarters in Portland in 2016. This sleek, state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum certified building was constructed with up to $20 million in incentives from city and state agencies. As part of that incentive package, Daimler promised to create good jobs for its employees. If […]

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