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worcester telegram & gazetteSEIU members lost their jobs; and SEIU did what it does best: it organized a couple of protests to complain about it. But it didn’t actually help its members find new jobs. Nor did the union even plan to try.

Last Friday was the last day for many of the 26 members of the cleaning crew at the Seven Hills Foundation, and the union representing the workers did not go quietly.

Service Employees International Union 32-BJ organized two rallies, one in front of the foundation’s Hope Avenue location on Thursday and one on the Clark University campus…

Bill Stock, Seven Hills vice president for government and community relations, said the foundation’s cleaning services contract is bid out about every two years.

“Recently, Seven Hills conducted this process and awarded the new contract to a Women’s Business Certified firm – Martins Maintenance Inc.,” Mr. Stock wrote in an email. “As a provider of health and human services funded primarily by state and federal revenues, Seven Hills Foundation and Affiliates provides fiscally responsible utilization and ongoing updates on expenditures and analysis of its public funding.”

Mr. Stock indicated that all 40 employees were encouraged to apply for positions with the new company and that nine did.

“From what we were told, only nine of those individuals applied and were granted an interview. Five of those nine were hired,” Mr. Stock wrote.

Rafael Cruz, his wife, Yolanda, and his daughter, Siomara, were all employees of FM&M until Friday…

Mr. Soults indicated that despite the family’s union membership, SEIU BJ-32 would not be able to help Mr. Cruz, his wife and daughter find other jobs.

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