Columbus janitors to take vote to authorize strike

***Advisory for Saturday, July 20th, 2013***

Contact: Ivan Moreno, (773) 799-6455,

Columbus janitors to take vote to authorize strike

Janitors will announce the outcome of vote following emergency meeting on Saturday

COLUMBUS—On Saturday, July 20th, Columbus janitors will hold an emergency meeting where they will vote to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike if necessary. Following their meeting, janitors will announce the outcome of their vote to media and community supporters. Janitors will be joined by elected leaders, including Tracy Maxwell Heard the Ohio House Democratic Leader, as well as faith and community leaders.

Janitors and cleaning contractors returned to the bargaining table on Monday, July 15th. Unfortunately, cleaning contractors are still threatening to freeze wages for at least 2 years and to slash janitors’ hours. This would have a devastating effect on hundreds of working families in Columbus as janitors would not only lose access to health care, but up to half their income.

For months now, janitors and their supporters have been calling on local corporations to support a fair contract and to create good, family-sustaining jobs in Columbus, where poverty is rising and reliance on public assistance is skyrocketing, even as the unemployment rate continues to drop. A “yes” vote on Saturday will mean that the janitors’ bargaining committee can call a strike if and when it becomes necessary. Janitors and representatives for the cleaning contractors are scheduled to meet again on Monday, August 5th.


What:                   Janitors to announce outcome of strike vote

Where:                Outside the AFL-CIO building, 395 E Broad St, Columbus

When:                  3:50 PM Saturday, July 20th

Who:                     About 75 janitors and supporters; faith and community leaders, including Mohamud Jama of the Somali Education and Resource Center; and elected officials including Tracy Maxwell Heard, the Ohio House Democratic Leader

Visuals:                Dozens of janitors and supporters holding handmade signs and posters and waving the flags of their various home countries



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