Eleven subcontractors responsible for cleaning the underground transit concourses will not return when SEPTA takes control of the corridors on July 1.
"We are going to have SEPTA in-house forces to do that job," said SEPTA Spokeswoman Jerri Williams. "And that decision was made, basically since all of the stations are being cleaned by SEPTA porters, it just makes logical sense for them to now take over the concourse. We know what our standards are."
The 11 workers cover 28 entrances on South Broad Street as well as the two corridors that run from 11th Street down to The Gallery and 12th to 16th Streets on Locust Street for PATCO.
The subcontractors, who are employed by the Center City District, are members of 32BJ SEIU. The group's contract with the union expires in 2015, but the contract with the city was only an extension of the previous contract that expired in 2012. Without other venues for the workers to go, they will most likely be out of jobs.
Daisy Cruz, Mid-Atlantic director 32BJ, said in a statement that “We’re doing everything we can to make sure these workers find employment.”
Paul R. Levy, president and CEO of the Center City District, said in a statement to Metro, “We are doing our best to find other openings for these workers.”
Levy did not address whether any more employees will also lose their positions as a result of the new lease.
While the underground infrastructure belongs to the city, they're leasing the concourses out to SEPTA as of July 1. The Center City District started to clean the concourses in 2007.
SEPTA will hire 10 workers to fill the new roles. The per hour rate for the new positions ranges from $14.29 to $20.50 depending on each worker's experience level. The current workers earn $17 an hour.
The Center City District will continue to clean the east and westPatco station corridors on Locust Street, the Patco Station corridor on 8th Street, and the corridor between the Municipal Services building and Dilworth Plaza, according to Williams.
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