Maritime Aquarium officials joined Mayor Harry Rilling and Senator Bob Duff at Norwalk City Hall today to announce their new contract with private contractor cleaning company Premier Maintenance Inc.
The aquarium ended its contract with Premier Maintenance by the end of 2013 as part of across-the-board cost-cutting measures, which left the company's custodial workers without jobs.
"The Maritime Aquarium expects to retain many of the part time workers that it hired several weeks ago after Premier Maintenance was terminated," said Maritime Aquarium President and CEO Jennifer Herring. "Premier Maintenance has agreed to make good faith efforts to place the remainder in other locations as jobs open up."
Officials say workers will return to the same positions March 1, with the same salary.
"We appreciate the time and energy senator Bob Duff has invested getting all the parties together to assure the aquarium gets the necessary resources from the state of Connecticut to support its tourism activities and its capital needs," said Herring.
The Maritime Aquarium currently brings $42 million of economic impact to the state.
"We recognize the efforts of the Maritime Aquarium," said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. "They were very responsive to our discussions and they realize they wanted to make everybody whole again and work things out. A lot of the credit goes to Senator Duff, his leadership, most of the credit along with Jennifer Herring and the state delegation from Hartford. Everybody worked together for a common cause and it turned out well."
"We can put this behind us," said state senator Bob Duff. "We want to move forward, the Aquarium is very important to us and we think this will help move the Aquarium forward in a way that wouldn't have happened had we not reached this agreement."
Aquarium officials say they're currently reviewing their operating budgets for cost savings.