House Democratic Leader Tracy Heard Hosts Strike Food Drive for Poverty Stricken Janitors

*** Advisory for Wednesday, August 28th, 2013***

Contact: Amanda Hart, harta@seiu1.org or 832-969-6956

House Democratic Leader Tracy Heard Hosts Strike Food Drive for Poverty Stricken Janitors

 COLUMBUS—State Representative Tracy Maxwell Heard (D) is fighting poverty in Columbus by standing with janitors poised to strike. Heard will host a food drive launched at a press conference in support of Columbus janitors who plan to strike for their right to fight for good jobs. While the janitors were working to improve wages and benefits, employers responded with threats and intimidation, forcing janitors to call a strike. The food drive will be held throughout downtown Columbus with donation bins placed outside the downtown buildings where janitors work.

Downtown janitors clean the offices of some of the most profitable corporations in Columbus—such as Nationwide Insurance, Huntington Bank, AEP Energy, and Fifth Third Bank—but are paid about $18,000 on average. Although Columbus’s job growth remains strong, the poverty rate in our city has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. As economic mobility in Columbus becomes progressively unachievable, janitors are pulling together to fight for a path out of the cycle of poverty.

 

What:                   Rep. Tracy Heard announces strike food drive for Columbus janitors at a press conference followed by rally

Where:                Intersection of High and State, Columbus

When:                  Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Visuals:                Dozens of janitors and supporters, banners, and handmade signs. Volunteers behind tables with decorated boxes and signs with piles of canned goods and other non-perishables.

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