St. Paul cleaner Marsden loses MSP Airport bid, triggering 219 layoffs

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A St. Paul-based cleaning company will lay off at least 219 employees after losing a major contract with Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The employees of Marsden Bldg. Maintenance, who have been based out of Terminal 1, will be laid off by Dec. 31, according to a public notice issued by the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. The positions range from general cleaner to administrative manager and account manager.

Marsden, which operates out of at least 10 regional hubs throughout the country, maintains offices at 1717 University Ave. W. in St. Paul.

Following a request for proposals, the board of the Metropolitan Airports Commission recently selected Flagship Airport Services of South Lake, Texas as its facilities cleaner. At the same time, the board adopted a worker retention strategy aimed at keeping the majority of staff on location, according to a MAC spokesman.

“We anticipate that many of the laid off workers will have job opportunities with the incoming janitorial contractor at MSP Airport,” wrote Marsden Human Resources Manager Lisa Signorelli, in a letter to DEED.

Many of the employees are represented by the Service Employee International Union, SEIU Local 26, which has been notified of the pending layoffs, she wrote. However, the affected employees do not have bumping rights, meaning they cannot take an existing employee’s job within the company.

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