Chicago janitors, joined by Chicago Jobs with Justice and workers with the Fight for $15, formed a human chain down LaSalle Street in Chicago on March 25, 2015, to call on the wealthy BMO corporation to do right by the hardworking janitors who clean their offices by providing them with a living wage and benefits.
Janitors with EBM, Inc. who clean the BMO offices in Naperville perform the same job as the union janitors at the BMO headquarters in Chicago but are paid less than $15,000 a year and have no benefits.
BMO Financial Group made $4.3 billion in profits in 2014. In fact, every six minutes BMO makes enough money to raise the pay of all 10 Naperville janitors to $15 an hour and provide them with family health insurance for an entire year.
Chicagoland janitors, who clean the buildings and office space of the richest corporations in America, are rallying for a good contract with a wage increase that will keep their families out of poverty. The contract is negotiated only every three years and expires on April 5, 2015.