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

Unico delegation at Lovejoy Building
Janitors and supporters stood up for good jobs at Unico Properties, including 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 many responsible contractors operating in Portland. Millennium has a record of problems with their employees. Millennium employees have reported poverty wages even after years of loyalty. BOLI, the state labor agency, found that Millennium illegally denied workers their rights under Oregon’s sick leave law. Millennium also reported on-the-job injuries and illnesses at 2–3 times the industry average rate. Janitors spent the day explaining the situation to tenants and calling on Unico to choose a responsible contractor. The list of responsible contractors is available at RaiseAmericaPDX.org/Responsible.