Janitors and Supporters Rally in Chicagoland and Around Midwest to Raise America with Good Jobs

SEIU Pres. Balanoff: People who work for a living should be able to make a living

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CONTACT: Press@seiu1.org

CHICAGO — More than 100 SEIU Local 1 member janitors and their supporters rallied together on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 the Thompson Center in support of good jobs in the city and around the country.

Contracts for 160,000 janitors will expire over the next year. Chicago has the third highest poverty rate in the country, second highest foreclosure rate, and highest rate of racial income disparity of all major cities in the U.S.

SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff said about these alarming statistics, “Clearly, the recession may have ended for Chicago’s rich and powerful – but not for everyone else,”

“It’s time Chicago worked for its people who work for a living,” Balanoff added. “We have to protect wages and benefits instead of tax breaks for billionaires. It’s time to stop shrinking the middle class: restore balance, revive neighborhoods and build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.”

Many more rallies and events during this national week of action with Justice for Janitors are being held in the following locations:

  • Chicago:
    • Oakbrook: Wed., October 29, 3:45 pm, Corner of 22nd (Cermak) and Butterfield Rd.
    • Schaumburg: Thus., October 30, 3:30 pm, Corner of Meacham Rd. & American Lane
    • O’Hare: Thurs., October 30, 4pm, E. River R and W. Bryn Mawr Rd.
  • Cincinnati: Wed., October 29, 1pm, SEIU Local 1 office (917 Main St., First Floor)
  • Cleveland: Thurs., October 30, Noon, Perk Park on E. 12th and Chester
  • Detroit: Thurs., October 30, 2014 at 12Noon, New Center One (3031 W Grand Blvd #800)
  • Indianapolis: Thurs., October 30, 12Noon at Circle Tower, 55 Monument Circle
  • Milwaukee: Thurs., October 30, Noon, BMO Harris Bank 770 N. Water St.
  • St. Louis: Fri., October 31, details TBD

Watch Local 1’s twitter (twitter.com/SEIULocal1) and Facebook (facebook.com/SEIULocal1) feeds for live photos of the rallies. This week’s events set the stage for a showdown with building owners and contractors over agreements that create good jobs, boost employment, and help restore balance to our economy.

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites more than 50,000 workers throughout Mid-America. SEIU security officers, food service workers, and janitors are working with community leaders to advocate for the quality services the public deserves and the good jobs our communities need.

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