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Union fears T cuts will hurt cleanliness

The board of directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is expected to approve a package of MBTA cleaning contracts Wednesday that would cut the number of hours spent cleaning train stations, a change that union representatives say will result in overworked janitorial staff and dingy station platforms.

The contracts with two companies, ABM Industries and S.J. Services, would cut the total number of janitorial workers by 29 percent in 2014, reducing the hours of service performed at T stations across the system by 25 percent.

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