Strike Looms for Columbus Janitors

*** Advisory for Friday, August 9th, 2013***

Contact: Ivan Moreno, (773) 799-6455, morenoi@seiu1.org

Dramatic Turn in Negotiations Threatens to Push Janitors Deeper into Poverty, Janitors Plan Strike for First time in City’s History

COLUMBUS—Janitors and supporters will hold a press conference in front of the 5/3 Bank to give an update on contract negotiations with some of the largest cleaning contractors in the country. Negotiation talks have taken a dramatic turn that may force janitors deeper into the cycle of poverty. Downtown janitors clean the offices of some of the most profitable corporations in Columbus—such as 5/3 Bank, Nationwide Insurance, AEP Energy, Chase and Huntington Banks—but are paid about $18,200 on average.

While Columbus’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average, the poverty rate in our city has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. Recently released statistics show Franklin County child poverty rates at 26.5 percent. Janitors are taking an unprecedented step to fight for good jobs that will ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for Columbus’s working families and not just the richest corporations.

What:                   Rally and press conference giving an update on contract negotiations

Where:                In front of 5/3 Bank – 21 E State St, Columbus

When:                  3:00 PM – Friday, August 9, 2013

Visuals:                Dozens of janitors and supporters holding handmade sign, posters and banners outside of 5/3 Bank.

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