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A college-educated janitor answers questions on what it is like to go from the white-collar industry to a blue-collar job. In the Atlantic, Ciro Gutierrez, a cleaner at the University of Connecticut, talks about how working in this industry has become a rewarding career path.

Every year on Oct. 2, custodial workers and business service contractors are recognized for the hard work they do to keep offices, schools, hospitals and other commercial locations in top shape. At Fullerton College in California, students took the day as a chance to highlight the importance of the work done by these men and women.

In Boston, a potential janitors strike that would have affected several thousand office buildings has been avoided thanks to a tentative 4-year agreement that will have over 9,000 janitors earning $20 an hour at the end of the contract. The union, which represents an estimated 13,000 janitors, pushed for wage increases and more full-time job opportunities to allow workers access to employer-paid health care, according to an article in the Boston Globe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined the risks and debunked the myths of workers’ safety during flood cleanup and restoration.

Now that the storm has passed, government workers and private contractors are uniting to begin cleaning up the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. Federal money has been allocated to help affected states repair damaged infrastructure, according to Reuters

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KeyTime Mobile, a smart phone app, allows employees to clock in and clock out from their phones.

The Molly Maid located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a project plan for a mobile app that will reduce employee turnover.

Building service contractors are exploring the world of robots with interest in “autonomous navigation technology,” according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

The Atlantic interviews a janitor at Harvard University to see how building service employees view their job.

OSHA has published new guidelines that prohibit approving settlements between employers and employees that restrict future whistleblowing.

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