VCU’s cleaning provider to lay off 134 employees as contract ends Jan. 31
New firm says it hopes to hire those losing jobs
A janitorial services provider for Virginia Commonwealth University is laying off 134 workers, but the replacement custodial contractor hopes to hire those workers.
Southeast Service Corp.’s contract to provide cleaning services on VCU’s academic campus, including dormitories, ends Jan. 31. According to a letter notifying the Virginia Employment Commission of the layoffs, one full-time supervisor and 133 custodial workers are losing their jobs.
The new custodial contractor, Phoenixbased Olympus, hopes to hire those workers, said Olympus vice president Joshua Woodworth.
Olympus provides janitorial services to higher education institutions.
“The most important thing for us is to keep the people currently there working because their institutional knowledge is important to us,” Woodworth said.
“We’ve received some phone calls already from current staff that were a little concerned about their jobs,” he said.
He said an Olympus project manager is already on site at VCU handing out fliers to workers and directing them to the company website where they can apply. Woodworth said Olympus is having a job recruitment fair on site Wednesday.
New employees have to pass background checks, and minimum starting pay is about $10 an hour, Woodworth said.
Olympus also provides janitorial services at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, he said.