***** News Advisory for Monday, October 15th *****
Contact: Leslie Mendoza Kamstra 773-896-7815 or firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld to Meet with Cincinnati Janitors, Call on Corporations to Support Good Jobs for our City
CINCINNATI—On Monday, October 15th, City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld will meet with Cincinnati janitors in their homes to discuss the growing problem of low wage jobs and their detrimental effects on Cincinnati’s communities.
Commercial office janitors who are employed by cleaning contractors are in the process of bargaining a new union contract that will ensure fair wages and a path to the middle class for their families. Despite the fact that they clean the headquarters of some of the biggest and most profitable corporations in the country, the average full time janitor in Cincinnati is paid less than $18,000 a year—below the poverty level and not nearly enough to support a family.
The growing gap between the 1% and the 99% has become a pressing political issue as the number of low wage jobs increases, the middle class shrinks and corporations refuse to pay their share of taxes, create good jobs, and reward the hard work of their employees. Councilmember Sittenfeld will meet with the janitors to hear their stories and to offer his support for their fight to restore good jobs to our city and balance to our economy.
WHO: Several Cincinnati janitors and their family members
WHAT: Discussion of low wage jobs in Cincinnati and their detrimental effects on our communities
WHEN: Monday, October 15th
WHERE: At Cincinnati janitor Dina Smith’s home
Address: 2085 Millvale Court, Cincinnati, OH 45225
BACKGROUND: In 2006, Cincinnati janitors organized a union for the first time. The contract they negotiated with cleaning contractors raised standards in the commercial cleaning industry and forged a path out of poverty for more than 1,000 janitors and their families.
Janitors and representatives from cleaning companies began negotiations for a new contract in September. The final offer presented by contractors at the end of last month would freeze wages, strip hard-won full-time hour guarantees away from hundreds of workers, and threaten janitors’ access to affordable health care. Both parties agreed to extend the contract one month. The contract now expires on November 1st. Janitors and representatives from cleaning companies will resume bargaining on October 29th.