SEIU Local 1 Indy Janitors Joined by City-County Councillor Jared Evans and Community Allies to Call on Zeller to Support Good Jobs

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, March 31st, 2016

CONTACT: Leesa Allmond allmondl@seiu1.org 405-820-5622

After Carrier and UTEC Outsource Thousands of Indy Jobs to Mexico ….

SEIU Local 1 Indy Janitors Joined by City-County Councillor Jared Evans and Community Allies to Call on Zeller to Support Good Jobs

Indianapolis— On Thursday, March 31st, SEIU Local 1 members, community supporters, City-County Councillor Jared Evans will protest in front of Market Tower in downtown Indianapolis to call on Chicago-based Zeller Realty to support good jobs. The rally comes on the heels of Carrier and UTEC moving over 2,000 jobs out of Indy and to Mexico.

Companies like Zeller Realty, who currently use janitorial contractor CCS (Corporate Cleaning Systems), contribute to a record high number of Hoosiers living in poverty as well as growth in poverty, child poverty and low-income individuals in Indiana since 2007 beyond all neighbor states and the U.S. average.1   The median income in Indiana has also continued to decline since 2000 as Indiana has lost a high number of mid-wage and high-wage jobs.

Indy workers and allies rallying downtown are linking Indy’s struggle for healthy economic development with Zeller’s use of a janitorial contractor that does not create quality jobs. They’re calling on Zeller to replace CCS with a contractor that provides decent wages, quality benefits, as well as union rights, which will then, in turn, contribute to the prosperity of Indy’s neediest communities.

WHAT: Rally to hold Zeller responsible for creating good jobs in Indy

WHEN: Thursday, March 31st at 3:15 p.m.

WHERE: Market Tower, 10 W. Market St Indianapolis, IN 46204

WHO: Dozens of SEIU Local 1 members and Community Supporters, City-County Councillor Jared Evans

VISUALS: Janitors and supporters rallying and chanting with signs and noise-makers in front of Market Tower in downtown Indianapolis.

 

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BACKGROUND:

  • It was announced earlier this year that Carrier and UTEC will be shutting down and moving their Indianapolis plants to Mexico, costing about 2,100 people their jobs
  • Not only does CCS pay poverty wages for workers providing essential services they have also racked up thousands of dollars in fines for endangering janitors on the job, exposing them to seriously dangerous chemicals with no protections.2

1  (The Status of Working Families in Indiana: 2015 Report: http://www.incap.org/iiwf/2015-Status/2015-Status-IIWF-high-res.pdf)

2  (Citations: OSHA Inspection #:312892227 – 04/16/2010- 04/16/2010 – Issuance Date: 05/13/2010) 

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