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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 10/10/2011

DeMorning Links: Custodial battle


France Smith, 55, of Baltimore is one of the prospective strikers. (Michael Temchine - For The Washington Post)
About 12,000 of the region’s office cleaners are prepared to strike later this week, as the Service Employees International Union goes toe-to-toe with cleaning companies over a new contract. Annys Shin reports in the Post that the companies “say they are rebuffing union demands because they have been caught short by the still-floundering economy. ... But the cleaners’ union points out that the building owners who pay their wages are having their best year since the recession hit. This is especially true in Washington, which has one of the strongest commercial real estate markets in the nation. The union is asking for wage increases, fewer staffing cuts and health-care benefits for more workers.”

In other news:

Slain DPW worker’s widow sues over lax security (Post)

Honduran prime minister looks to D.C. for ways to reduce murders (Daily Beast)

Marion Barry appeared with Louis Farrakhan at Million Man March anniversary event (Inquirer)

Former Prince George’s public safety chief warns against D.C. police radio encryption (Center for Health and Homeland Security)

NoMa finds itself (Post)

Bad news for California pot dispensaries is bad news for D.C. pot dispensaries (DCist)

Channel 4 gives your embattled public officials the high-contrast black-and-white treatment (WRC-TV)

Betty Noel’s nomination to Public Service Commission is “problematic” (Post editorial)

You want hotels? Oh, we got hotels. (Cap Biz Blog)

Central Liquors sign is gone (DCist)

Boston also faced Sunday library hours cut (Library Journal)

Looks like Eastern Market vendors will get some guarantees (Housing Complex)

Ward 5 will likely be getting more ANCs (GGW)

Put a seven-day rail pass on your SmarTrip soon (GGW)

Help this federal employee figure out a good city youth charity for his CFC donation (PoP)

”It’s time to mess with the MLK memorial.” (Post op-ed)

Copper thieves made off with a portion of Calvary Baptist’s lightning rod (Post)

”Obama’s Economic Policies Given Test Run by D.C. City Council” (Americans for Tax Reform)

Teen stabbed to death in Petworth (Crime Scene)

In praise of the D.C. Circuit’s gun ruling (Post editorial)

”Flyover ramp” now open for I-295 traffic (WTOP)

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