UNION CHARGES CONTRACTOR, STORES CONSPIRE AGAINST JANITORS

LOS ANGELES -- Janitors in southern California filed a class action lawsuit last week against Albertson's, Ralphs Grocery Co. and Vons Cos., and Encompass Staffing Services, the retailers' cleaning contractor.According to a union spokeswoman, janitors are forced to work excessive hours without overtime pay, sometimes at wages below minimum wage. She said the standard workweek is eight straight hours

LOS ANGELES -- Janitors in southern California filed a class action lawsuit last week against Albertson's, Ralphs Grocery Co. and Vons Cos., and Encompass Staffing Services, the retailers' cleaning contractor.

According to a union spokeswoman, janitors are forced to work excessive hours without overtime pay, sometimes at wages below minimum wage. She said the standard workweek is eight straight hours a day without breaks.

She also said some janitors work as many as seven days

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