Sumitomo Corporation's response
7 Apr 2021
...The February 26th letter incorrectly refers to this property as SC [Sumitomo Corporation]’s “Miami office property” and incorrectly refers to the New York offices of Sumitomo Corporation of America (“SCOA”) as SC’s North American headquarters. While the Union’s letter suggests that Miami Tower is owned by SC, that is not correct. In fact, Miami Tower is owned by an entity known as USPO Miami, LLC (“USPO”). SCOA provides asset management service for USPO. USPO has contracted with SFM Services (“SFM”), a cleaning contractor to perform cleaning, janitorial and related services at the Miami Tower. Under USPO’s agreement with SFM, it is SFM’s obligation to comply with all applicable workplace rules and regulations, including those concerning worker safety and anti-discrimination laws.
SC takes seriously the concerns expressed in the communications sent to them by the Union and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (the “Centre”) with respect to working and safety conditions for employees of SFM working at Miami Tower. SC has shared them with SCOA and SCOA further shared them with Transwestern Commercial Services Florida, LLC (“Transwestern”), which provides property management services to the building.
However the types of decisions that the Union has raised in its various communications to SC, as well as the communications it has sent to SCOA, are matters between SFM and its employees.