Janitors to Deliver Giant Bill, Urge Nationwide to Fulfill its Promises to Create Good Jobs and Economic Prosperity or Return $34 Million to Ohio Taxpayers

***Advisory for Thursday, September 5th, 2013***

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

Janitors union calls on Mayor to investigate Nationwide Insurance’s compliance with its job creation agreement…

Janitors to Deliver Giant Bill, Urge Nationwide to Fulfill its Promises to Create Good Jobs and Economic Prosperity or Return $34 Million to Ohio Taxpayers

(Columbus)  On Thursday, Columbus janitors and community supporters will deliver a bill from Ohio taxpayers to Nationwide for $34 million. The bill represents the amount of state and local tax breaks Nationwide has received since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008. As they deliver it, janitors will present Nationwide with a stark choice—either fulfill the company’s promise of creating good jobs and economic prosperity for the city or return the $34 million to taxpayers.

In exchange for benefiting from a downtown TIF district, Nationwide agreed to bring 1400 jobs to downtown Columbus by December, 2011. As of today taxpayers do not have evidence that this stipulation was met. That’s why janitors are urging Nationwide to follow through on its promise to create thousands of new jobs in Columbus while also supporting improvements to existing jobs—such as the jobs of janitors who work for ABM cleaning Nationwide’s premises.

ABM and other cleaning contractors negotiating a new union contract with some 1,000 Columbus janitors are demanding deep cuts to healthcare, working hours, and overall income that are likely to lead to more public subsidies when janitors are forced to rely on public clinics, food stamps, and housing programs just to make ends meet.

On Wednesday, September 4, SEIU Local 1, the janitors’ union, wrote a letter calling on Columbus Mayor Coleman to investigate Nationwide and force the company to fully comply with its TIF agreements with the city.

WHAT:          BILL DELIVERY TO NATIONWIDE FOR GOOD JOBS

 WHEN:          Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 1 p.m.

 WHERE:        Nationwide Arena District, 375 N Front St Columbus, OH 43215

 WHO:            Columbus Janitors, Clergy, Electeds

 VISUALS:      Giant Blown up Bill, Colorful Signs, etc.

 

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