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Walden Galleria lays off janitors, outsources jobs

The Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga has out-sourced janitorial services to a contractor, in a move that affects 31 workers, a spokesman for the shopping mall said.

The Galleria contracted with Hurley Corp. of America to clean the mall's common areas.

"We simply are not in the janitorial business," a statement by Galleria general manager James L. Soos said. The outsourcing will allow the mall to better focus on its core business, he said.

Soos said he hopes that Hurley will consider the affected workers for jobs in the shopping mall. But hiring decisions, as well as pay and benefits, will be up to the contractor.

The switch won't affect mall customers, Soos said.

According to a store employee at the mall, the contractor is dropping benefits that the Galleria used to pay to the janitors.

A representative of Hurley Corp. of America said details of the Galleria contract weren't complete and declined to comment further.

Hurley Corp. of America is a unit of Toronto's Hurley Group, with 4,000 employees who service more than 150 million square feet of space, according to the company.

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