It seems the leadership at Church Center cancelled the contract with the unionized cleaning company and entered into a contract with a non-unionized firm. I assume that decision would have been made by the Chief Operating Officer of TEC, Linda Watt.
That left 9 employees, many of whom had worked at Church Center for over 10 years, fired with not one minute of warning.
Of course, our Church's leaders are showing remarkable Christian virtue in the aftermath of all this.
"It needs to be clear that looking for a new contract is a normal business procedure," said church spokeswoman Neva Rae Fox.And:
Linda Watts, chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church, put out an official statement: "Budget constraints have prompted The Episcopal Church to review all contracts and to implement cost-cutting measures where possible," she said. No mention of the plight of the nine men and women thrown out to the streets or of lending them a helping hand.I must head to church, where I shall beg forgiveness for the evil we do and the evil that is done in our name.
More later, as I learn more.