Janitors rally to urge corporate executives to support good jobs


Contact: Izabela Miltko, (708) 655-9681 miltkoi@seiu1.org

Janitors rally to urge corporate executives to support good jobs 

OAK BROOK| In the final days of contract negotiations, hundreds of suburban janitors—who authorized a strike this past weekend—rallied in Oakbrook to call on corporate executives to support the good jobs with benefits that our communities need.

Suburban janitors won health care for the first time when they went on strike in 2000. Since then, they’ve been able to pull their families out of poverty, but they still make just half of the cost of living for a family—$24,000 annually.

“12 years ago janitors struck at this same intersection and won health care for all the little kids I see here today.  Now, we’re here to ask ABM and other janitorial contractors to do the right thing for working families.  To help these janitors provide a good life for their families and a better future for their children,” said SEIU Local 1 Vice President Laura Garza.

Property managers like Hamilton Partners and Lincoln Property own and manage millions of dollars worth of property while working people like the janitors who clean these properties are struggling just to make ends meet. These buildings are occupied by some of the most profitable companies in the country, including Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, State Farm Insurance and T-Mobile. 

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. Chicago-area janitors have been in contract negotiations since early March. Their contract, impacting more than 13,000 local janitors, expires on April 8.

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