Janitors & Community Leaders to Rally for Good Jobs for the 99% and the Revival of the Middle Class

***** News Advisory for Saturday, March 31st*****

CLEVELAND, OH– As wealth disparity continues to rise in Cleveland and across the country, more than 100 janitors and community leaders plan to rally on Saturday at the janitors’ contract convention to call on the richest 1% to do their fair share and create good middle class jobs for our city. The convention will kick off the janitors’ contract negotiations, which begin in April and impact more than 500 janitors across the city of Cleveland.

With a poverty rate more than double the state poverty rate and a median household income less than half the state median household income, Cleveland is in desperate need of good jobs. That’s why janitors and their allies are calling on banks and corporate executives to do their part to fix our economy—to create good jobs, raise wages, and pay their fair share in taxes.

WHAT: Janitors’ Contract Convention and Rally for Good Jobs

WHEN: Saturday, March 31st, 20122:00-3:30 PM

WHERE: Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

WHO: More than 100 Cleveland janitors;Elected officials including Mayor Frank Jackson, City Councilmember Jay Westbrook, and John Ryan on behalf of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown;Community Supporters including ESOP, Jobs with Justice, NOAH, and Occupy Cleveland

VISUALS: A group of about 150 people, including Cleveland janitors and their children; bright yellow and purple flags; dozens of hand-painted signs and banners

BACKGROUND: For the first time ever, SEIU Local 1’s janitorial contracts in all 11 cities expire in the same year. These contracts impact the livelihood of 22,000 Local 1 members and their families. On Saturday, Cleveland janitors will kick off their campaign for a new contract to secure good jobs and help strengthen the economy for the 99%.

Contact: Laurie Couch, (847) 420-5108, couchl@seiu1.org

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