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    :: Friday, July 25, 2008 ::

    Cintas workers criticize company's safety record - AP via CNNMoney.com
    A labor union-backed coalition formed after a worker's death in a Tulsa plant last year is touring the country, claiming Cintas Corp., the nation's largest uniform supplier, puts production quotas and profit margins ahead of workplace safety.

    In a statement released Thursday, the Cincinnati-based company said the union continues to 'capitalize' on the death, and that Cintas has 'redoubled its efforts' since the accident to improve its safety record.

    The Coalition of Injured Cintas Workers was in Chicago this week, meeting with fellow workers, community leaders and investors. The six-week 'Painful Truth Tour' plans stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando, Fla., among others.

    Backed by the UNITE HERE and International Brotherhood of Teamsters unions, dozens of current and former Cintas workers came together in 2007 after the death of Eleazar Torres-Gomez, a father of four who had worked at Cintas' Tulsa plant since 2000.

    Last March, while working alone in an area where clothes are washed in an automated system, Gomez was dragged into a 300-degree industrial dryer and became trapped inside for at least 20 minutes.
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