***** News Advisory for Monday, October 29th *****
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As Cincinnati janitors and cleaning companies resume contract talks…
Janitors, community groups, and faith leaders to release report on poverty in Cincinnati at rally
CINCINNATI| On Monday, Cincinnati janitors and their employers, cleaning companies, will resume contract talks for the first time since last month. Meanwhile, faith leaders and community groups will release a report along with janitors on poverty in Cincinnati during a large rally downtown. The report, entitled “The State of Our Downtown,” was co-authored by SEIU Local 1, The AMOS Project, Ohio Prophetic Voices, and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.
The report explores issues of rising poverty, hunger, and wealth disparity in our city with janitors at its center. Despite cleaning the headquarters of some of the biggest and richest companies in the country, full time janitors in Cincinnati are paid less than $18,000 a year—below the poverty level for a family. Cincinnati’s poverty rate is steadily rising, even as unemployment in our city is going down. The report posits that this is because an increasing number of jobs in our city pay very low wages that trap working families in a cycle of poverty.
Janitors are calling on Cincinnati’s big banks and Fortune 500 companies to do their part to alleviate poverty in our city by creating good jobs and paying workers fair wages.
WHAT: Janitors and faith leaders release a report on poverty in Cincinnati entitled “The State of Our Downtown” at large downtown rally
WHEN: Monday, October 29th / 3:45 PM
WHERE: Meet at Fountain Square (near the corner of 5th and Vine)
End location of march TBD
WHO: More than 100 Cincinnati janitors and community supporters, including members of the AMOS Project, Ohio Prophetic Voices, and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative