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Record #: R2018-835   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/25/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
Final action:
Title: Call for hearing(s) regarding disqualification of GCA from maintenance contract with Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools
Sponsors: Moreno, Proco Joe, Villegas, Gilbert
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
Attachments: 1. R2018-835.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
July 25, 2018 City Council Meeting
WHEREAS, On July 5, 2017, the Board of Education of the City of Chicago ("the Board of Education") and Chicago Public Schools ("CPS"), entered into a three-year maintenance contract with SodexoMAGIC, LLC ("SodexoMAGIC"); and
WHEREAS, The Board of Education approved spending of 228 million dollars to SodexoMAGIC in exchange for cleaning services; and
WHEREAS, CPS rescinded its recommendation in support of GCA Educational Services Central States Inc ("GCA"), awarding an additional 60 million dollar contract to SodexoMAGIC for cleaning services of Network 9; and
WHEREAS, Unnamed CPS officials have referred to sexual harassment claims against GCA, its parent company, ABM Industries Inc, or its other subsidiaries; and
WHEREAS, GCA has not had lawsuits for sexual harassment filed against it in the last five years, and thus no "poor history" in dealing with sexual harassment; and
WHEREAS, Reports that 91 of 125 schools failed cleanliness inspections have come to light, with health code violations including rodent and insect infestations, failure to provide hot water, and unsanitary food preparation areas and bathrooms; and
WHEREAS, Subsequently, one in four schools failed a second cleanliness inspection; and
WHEREAS, The schools with the most egregious violations were disproportionately schools serving economically disadvantaged children of color; and
WHEREAS, Network 9 is comprised of a majority of economically disadvantaged children of color; and
WHEREAS, SodexoMAGIC has taken part in layoffs that have caused CPS a loss of 500 custodians and building engineers; and
WHEREAS, CPS has recently reached an agreement to hire more custodians, at an additional cost of seven million dollars to the school district; and
WHEREAS, It is necessary for children and staff to be able to learn and work in an environment that is free of hazards and unhealthy conditions; and
WHEREAS, It i...

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