Banquet server Angela Featherstone lost her job at Camden Yards in 2009, just because contractors changed. During the year it took her to find work, she almost lost her home. Horseshoe Casino cleaner Vonzella Barnes watched helplessly as nine of her coworkers were laid off when their subcontracted employer lost its contract. Now the jobs of thousands of Baltimore workers are safer, thanks to a new law protecting subcontracted janitors, security guards and food service workers by requiring worker retention for a 90-day transition period when contractors change. “This is a tremendous step forward for Baltimore” said Roxie Herbekian, president of UNITE HERE Local 7. "No one should be thrown out of their job just because one company replaces another to do the same work in the same location." The Baltimore City Council unanimously approved the Displaced Service Worker Protection Ordinance last week.
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