SEIU Local 1 Janitors, Joined by Prominent Clergy and Elected Allies, to Announce Result of Industry-Wide Strike Vote at Prayer Vigil

As 1,700 janitors enter final days of contract bargaining…

SEIU Local 1 Janitors, Joined by Prominent Clergy and Elected Allies, to Announce Result of Industry-Wide Strike Vote at Prayer Vigil

Possible janitorial strike would affect entire downtown market  

DETROIT – Today, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 1 janitors will announce the result of an industry-wide strike vote as they head into their final days of contract negotiations. SEIU Local 1 janitors, along with several of Detroit’s most prominent clergy members and elected allies, will make the announcement and pray for a positive outcome to bargaining, including the raises they need to support their families. Should negotiations for higher wages and better benefits stall, 1,700 Local 1 janitors could walk off the job after their contract expires on July 31.

Currently, janitors who keep downtown Detroit’s buildings, like the Renaissance Center and the Guardian Building, clean and safe are struggling to raise their families wages as low as $9.45. Median annual earnings for janitors are so low that many rely on public assistance just to make ends meet. While downtown is booming again, janitors are fighting for at least a $15 wage to ensure they can support their families and their neighborhoods.

Clergy, elected leaders and other labor allies will gather in front of the Compuware Building, a downtown landmark Local 1 janitors clean, to encourage and support the janitors who keep downtown running every day but are not experiencing the benefits of Detroit’s resurgence. Together, they’re continuing the fight for One Detroit, a city in which all working families can thrive and where any public money used for development go towards creating good jobs.

WHAT: SEIU Local 1 Janitors Announce Result of Industry-Wide Strike Vote

WHEN: Monday, July 23, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

WHERE: Compuware Building (in front of statue facing Campus Martius)

1050 Woodward Ave.

 Detroit, MI 48226

WHO: SEIU Local 1 Janitors

Reverend Dee Dee M. Coleman, President of the Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors and Vicinity

Reverend Dr. James C. Perkins, Immediate Past President of the Progressive Baptist Convention

Reverend Dr. E El Branch, Pastor of Third New Hope Baptist Church

Reverend Dr. Tellis Chapman, Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church

Reverend Horace L. Sheffield III, Community Activist and President of the Detroit Association of Black Organizations

Detroit Councilwoman Janee Ayers

State Representative Stephanie Chang (HD 6)

Union Affiliates of the Detroit Metro AFL-CIO

VISUALS: Janitors, clergy, elected allies holding brooms and mops, rallying, praying, holding signs

BACKGROUND: In June, Local 1 janitors kicked off their campaign for a strong new contract and for One Detroit, a city in which all working people can experience the benefits of Detroit’s redevelopment. While the fight for One Detroit starts with higher wages for hardworking janitors, it also includes $15 and union rights for fast food workers, airport workers and more.


Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest, including janitors, security officers, higher education faculty, food service workers and others. Local 1 is committed to improving the lives of its members and all working people by winning real economic justice and standing at the forefront of the fight for immigrant, racial and environmental justice.

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