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SEIU Local 1 Janitor Terry Eddy Responds to Sherwin-Williams

CLEVELAND –  The following is a statement from SEIU Local 1 janitor Terry Eddy in response to news that Sherwin-Williams plans to keep its headquarters in Cleveland. Terry, after 16 years on the job lost her only source of income when Sherwin-Williams Co. shamelessly decided to change to a non-union contractor:

“After their decision to change contractors hurt janitors like me, Sherwin-Williams announced its plan to keep its headquarters in Cleveland, as if that would bring our financial stability back. Losing our jobs at the headquarters, jeopardized our livelihoods and our ability to put food on the table.

“The Fortune 500 company claims to welcome the participation of union labor in the construction of their new facilities, yet they left hardworking janitors and our families in the cold just last month, ripping away the good wages and benefits we had won with our union.

“Sherwin-Williams cannot claim to be a community leader while leaving behind working families and our neighborhoods, especially while receiving millions of dollars in taxpayer funded subsidies. If Sherwin-Williams wants to be a responsible corporate citizen in Cleveland, they must ensure that hardworking janitors are able to support their families with dignity and a voice on the job.”

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SEIU Local 1 Janitors Urge Sherwin-Williams to Choose Cleveland’s Working Families Over Profit

 

CLEVELAND – Supported by representatives of the North Shore Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, SEIU Local 1 janitors and community allies held a press conference Thursday morning outside Sherwin-Williams’ Headquarters in an effort to save their long term jobs. They are urging Sherwin-Williams to uphold their commitment of being a community pillar to all the hardworking families in Cleveland.

“Cleaning Sherwin-Williams has allowed me to take care of my 32-year-old daughter who suffers a mental disability and the company’s action puts me in a financial crisis, making it more difficult for me to pay my bills on time, pay rent and make ends meet.” said Local 1 Janitor, Terry Eddy, “I am heartbroken that after many years, our hardwork is being ripped away from us.”

While Sherwin-Williams is worth billions of dollars, the janitors who clean its headquarters and are directly employed by a union janitorial contractor have kept this company clean for combined decades. Sherwin-Williams is set to terminate their jobs at the end of the month.  The company has the resources, power and responsibility to empower its janitors and create a positive and uplifting change to its Cleveland Community, where it is headquartered.

“Sherwin-Williams is about to have a new transformation, and we are simply asking the company to not leave the janitors behind.” said Dan O’Malley, North Shore Federation of Labor AFL-CIO representative. “Sherwin-Williams has millions of dollars, and we just want to make sure the janitors that clean its headquarters continue to have dignity on the job.”

Janitors are working together, alongside labor and community leaders in order to save their jobs at Sherwin-Williams, a company that has been a leader for more than a century. Sherwin-Williams has been Cleveland’s economy pillar for years and it can continue to be so, by doing what’s right for hardworking Clevelanders. Together SEIU Local 1 janitors are fighting for “One Cleveland” — a city that works for all of us—whether white, Black or brown—and not just a certain wealthy few.

 

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SEIU Local 1 Cincinnati Janitors Win Historic Contract Contributing $5.3 Million to the Local Economy

CINCINNATI – After a vigorous janitor-led campaign, SEIU Local 1 has ratified their tentative agreement with higher wages, more paid time off and a voice on the job. SEIU Local 1 Janitors led One Cincinnati — a campaign for a city in which all working people can prosper. Janitors with the support of Cincinnati Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld and multiple allies rallied through the streets of Cincinnati, lobbied City Hall resulting in a successful resolution in support for a strong new contract.

Their new four year contract guarantees:
Annual wage increases which will help janitors provide for their families
Paid Time Off gains to ensure janitors are well compensated for their hard labor
Additional Vacation and Holidays allowing janitors to spend time in their community and contribute to the local economy

With this historic win and significant wage increases, more than 600 SEIU Local 1 Janitors will have the opportunity to be a part of the city’s resurgence, save money, and provide for their families without having to choose between buying groceries or paying their bills. This win will also impact the development of the communities janitors live in, and will let them contribute back to the city.

Local 1 Janitors have witnessed that their perseverance and efforts will make a huge change to the local economy contributing $5.3 million over the life of the contract but the fight for One Cincinnati does not stop here. We will not stop fighting for One Cincinnati until all working families across the city have good union jobs with a path to at least $15 and are able to take part in the city’s resurgence.

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest, including janitors, security officers, airport workers, 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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Cincinnati City Council Recognizes The Hard Work of SEIU Local 1 Janitors in their Fight for Higher Wages and One Cincinnati with Good Jobs for All

CINCINNATI – Today, the Cincinnati City Council passed a resolution in support of janitors across the city — many of whom work in major office buildings downtown in their fight for a path to $15 hourly wage and better benefits through a strong, new union contract. The resolution sends a clear message to major contractors that Cincinnati elected leaders stand with Local 1 Janitors in their fight for One Cincinnati with higher wages and benefits for all working families.

“With this Resolution, City Council is making it clear – and official – that we support and stand with SEIU Janitors” said Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld, who sponsored the resolution. “Our Janitors help take care of the city, and we need to take care of them.”

Last week, Cincinnati Janitors, supporters and allies, who the Council honors in its resolution, spoke out and rallied to win a stronger union contract that will cover more than 600 Janitors in Cincinnati — helping janitors get on a path to $15 with better benefits. As many janitors can’t make ends meet, they continue to fight for a path that will lift them out of poverty and be a part of Cincinnati’s resurgence.

“Together, we have the power to speak out against injustice, as we fight for higher wages, better benefits and unions for all!” said Cincinnati janitor David Dean, currently working for Atrium Two office building. SEIU Local 1 Janitors are fighting to build One Cincinnati, a city in which all working people can prosper and all working families have a path out of poverty and can make at least $15 an hour.

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest, including janitors, security officers, airport workers, 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 fig

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SEIU Local 1 Janitors Launched Inspiring ‘One Cincinnati’ Campaign to Fight for Financial Prosperity and Dignity on the Job

Joined by Cincinnati Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld and Dozens of Labor and Community Allies from across Ohio…

SEIU Local 1 Janitors Launched Inspiring ‘One Cincinnati’ Campaign to Fight for Financial Prosperity and Dignity on the Job

Janitors kicked off campaign to secure path to $15 hourly wage and union rights for all working families in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – SEIU Local 1 janitors and allies rallied Tuesday morning at the Fountain Square to launch their fight for a strong new contract with a path to $15 and better benefits. SEIU Local 1 janitors across the state of Ohio, were joined by Cincinnati Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld and numerous allies to end financial inequality working families in Cincinnati face every day. 

“It’s unfair that the buildings I clean everyday make billions of dollars, yet they refuse to raise the wages of our hard work” said Cincinnati janitor David Dean, currently working for Atrium Two office building.  “Together, we have the power to speak out against injustice, as we fight for higher wages, better benefits and unions for all! That’s why we’re fighting for a strong new contract and a brighter Cincinnati for all—whether you are Black, white or brown.”

While downtown Cincinnati is booming with new development worth billions of dollars, over 600 local janitors who do dignified and skilled work to ensure our city runs smoothly are forced to raise their families on wages as low as $11.05. That equals an annual salary of about $22,984, which qualifies a full-time janitor for public assistance for housing, food and healthcare. 

As some of the big companies in town have raised the wages for their own employees, that’s great, we sincerely applaud that — but we also say, don’t leave the janitors behind. They’re right there in the same building, working hard, and the attitude needs to be that we’re all on the same team.” said Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld

Unfortunately, it has started to become the norm, janitors⁠—who clean offices of major corporations such as Fifth Third Bank, Kroger, Macy’s, Huntington Bancshares, and PNC as well as some public facilities such as Mercy Health, multiple Hamilton County agencies,  and public libraries in Cincinnatieven work multiple jobs in order to make ends meet.  

Janitors have witnessed other major wins for SEIU Local 1  members, and they are confident they will win. The fight for One Cincinnati will not stop until all working people across the city, including janitors, security officers and other underpaid workers are on a path to $15 and be a part of the real benefits from the city’s resurgence. 

Janitors and their community received the support from labor and community allies, including P.G. Sittenfeld, Cincinnati DSA, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, David McDonald, among others. Together we are fighting for “One Cincinnati” — a city that works for all of uswhether Black, white or brownand not just a certain wealthy few.

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 Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest, including janitors, security officers, airport workers, 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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750 Columbus Janitors Win a Historic New Contract With Better Benefits and A Total New Income of $ 4.8 Million into the Local Economy

COLUMBUS – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 janitors who clean Columbus’ downtown buildings like those of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Huntington Bancshares, American Electric Power, and JP Morgan Chase ratified a historic new union contract as part of their campaign for “One Columbus,” a city in which all working people—white, Black, and brown—can enjoy the benefits of downtown’s growth.

Under the three-year agreement covering 750 janitors, wages will increase on average by more than 13%, putting an additional $6,300.00  into the pockets of janitors over the life of the contract to help them support their families. In addition, janitors will receive a third week of vacation and additional benefits.

“With this contract, I will have a little something left over for myself and have a liveable income,” said Local 1 Janitor, Cristal Sylla. “Janitors stood together at the bargaining table, and we won the good raises we need.”

The victory comes after Local 1 Columbus janitors rallied downtown with community and elected allies to demand better work conditions and higher wages. As part of their One Columbus campaign, janitors fought for a pay increase and improved workplace standards as a way to ensure all Columbus residents and neighborhoods benefit from the city’s booming economic growth.

Yet their fight doesn’t end in Columbus. 600 Local 1 janitors in Cincinnati will soon kick off their own fight for a strong, new contract with a path to $15 and better benefits to ensure working families across the city can support themselves and strengthen their communities.

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SEIU Local 1 Janitors Launch Inspiring ‘One Columbus’ Campaign to Fight for Better Pay and Dignity on the Job

Joined by Columbus Councilmember Liz Brown and a Swelling of Labor and Community Allies from across Ohio…

SEIU Local 1 Janitors Launch Inspiring ‘One Columbus’ Campaign to Fight for Better Pay and Dignity on the Job

Janitors kick off campaign to secure path to $15 hourly wage, union rights for all working people in Columbus

COLUMBUS – Joined by City of Columbus Councilmember Liz Brown and dozens of labor and community allies from across Ohio, SEIU Local 1 janitors rallied Monday afternoon in the Nationwide Arena District to launch their fight for a strong new contract with a path to $15 and better benefits.

“Janitors like me work hard—day in and day out—keeping Columbus clean and running smoothly. Our skilled labor helps contribute to our city’s prosperity, yet many of us can barely afford our groceries or to go to the doctor when we are sick,” said downtown Columbus janitor Cristal Sylla, who has cleaned the 325 John McConnell Boulevard office building for the past four years. “Janitors simply want a fair shot at a good future for our families and our communities. That’s why we’re fighting for good jobs, a strong new contract and a brighter Columbus for all—whether you are Black, white or brown.”

While downtown Columbus is booming with new development worth billions of dollars, the 750 local janitors who do dignified and skilled work to ensure our city runs smoothly are forced to raise their families on wages as low as $11.50. That equals an annual salary of about $23,920, which qualifies a full-time janitor for public assistance for housing, food and healthcare.

“Columbus janitorial workers provide essential services – doing difficult, often thankless, and indispensable work that keeps many downtown buildings clean and safe. Janitors deserve a contract that helps them support themselves and their families, not only because it’s good for them but because it’s good for Columbus. When workers earn the living wages and good benefits that reflect the dignity of their work, it makes all our families stronger.” said Columbus Councilmember Elizabeth Brown, who supports a path to $15.

Many Columbus janitors⁠—who clean offices of major corporations like Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Huntington Bancshares, American Electric Power (AEP) and JP Morgan Chase⁠—even work multiple jobs in order to make ends meet.

A strong new contract would help guarantee that Columbus janitors can better support their families and communities. While the fight starts with Columbus janitors, it will not stop until all working people across the city, including security officers and other underpaid workers, are sharing in and experiencing the real benefits from the city’s resurgence.

Janitors and their community and labor allies, including from the Columbus Education Association among other organizations, are fighting for “One Columbus.” Because it’s time Columbus worked for all of us—whether Black, white or brown—and not just a certain wealthy few.

 

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500 Downtown Cleveland Janitors Win Historic New Contract!

As Janitors Come Together For ‘One Cleveland’… 

500 Downtown Cleveland Janitors Win Historic New Contract With 25% Wage Hike, Which Will Pump $7.5 Million Into Cleveland’s Working-Class Neighborhoods

CLEVELAND – By a unanimous vote, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 janitors who clean Cleveland’s downtown buildings ratified a historic new union contract this afternoon as part of their campaign for “One Cleveland,” a city in which all working people—white, Black and brown—can benefit from downtown’s resurgence.

Under the five-year contract agreement, which covers 500 janitors, wages will increase up to 25%, with the average hourly wage reaching $15 by 2023, and janitors will receive fully funded healthcare from their employer. The wage hike, four times higher than what janitors won in their previous contract, translates into an extra $13,104 to $16,744 for downtown janitors over the life of the agreement.

“Our janitor-led ‘One Cleveland’ campaign has proved to be a historic success, and I’m so proud of how we came together to win a better future for our city,” said Brian Yarbrough, a Local 1 janitor at the Fifth Third Center who negotiated the new contract alongside his co-workers. “The wages and benefits we won will provide a game-changing boost for our families and Cleveland’s most neglected communities. While Cleveland janitors have won a major victory, we won’t stop until all Ohio janitors earn at least $15 and can fully support their families.”

The contract victory comes on the heels of similar contracts won in recent weeks by Cleveland janitors at the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), the Cleveland Orchestra and the ArcelorMittal Steel Mill. These four contracts are worth $11 million and cover 700 total Local 1 Cleveland janitors, who joined together across different backgrounds to fight for $15 and build One Cleveland.

As part of their One Cleveland campaign, janitors fought for a $15 wage and improved workplace standards as a way to ensure all Clevelanders benefit from the city’s booming redevelopment.

In the coming months, more Local 1 janitors in Cleveland as well as Akron, Columbus and Cincinnati will launch their fight for strong new contracts and the good raises they need to lift their cities for everyone. Overall, 1,650 Local 1 janitors across Ohio will negotiate new contracts by the end of 2019.

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Cleveland Janitors at ArcelorMittal Steel Mill Ratify Strong New Contract With a Path to $15/Hr!

As the Janitorial Campaign for $15 and ‘One Cleveland’ Continues to Gain Momentum…

Cleveland Janitors at ArcelorMittal Steel Mill Ratify Strong New Contract With a Path to $15/Hr; Contract to Pump $1.5 million into Cleveland’s Most Neglected Neighborhoods

Next Up: 500 Downtown Cleveland Janitors Set to Fight for $15

CLEVELAND – By an overwhelming margin, 50 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 janitors at the ArcelorMittal Steel Mill ratified a strong new union contract this afternoon. Under the agreement, janitors will see a 60% wage increase over the five-year contract, with every worker on a path to $15 by 2023.

The agreement comes on the heels of similar contracts won in recent weeks by janitors at the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and the Cleveland Orchestra.

“This contract showed us how much we can accomplish when we stand together for better wages and benefits,” said Rodney Shelton, a Local 1 janitor at the ArcelorMittal Steel Mill who negotiated the contract with his co-workers. “While we won our path to $15, the fight for One Cleveland continues with hundreds of our brothers and sisters who are fighting for their contract downtown.”

“We want to congratulate the Steel Mill janitors on their huge victory because their fight is our fight, and when working families do better, we all do better and win,” said Geraldine Brown, who works at the 55 Public Square building and is covered under the next janitorial union contract up for negotiations in Cleveland. “It is time for One Cleveland where everyone can benefit from good union jobs with at least a $15 wage, and we look forward to seeing that in our contract.”

Local 1 janitors at the ArcelorMittal Steel Mill, Tri-C and the Cleveland Orchestra are among 1,650 Local 1 janitors throughout Cleveland and the surrounding area who are coming together across different backgrounds this year to win new contracts and good jobs that will benefit their communities. Janitors hope the steel mill, Tri-C and orchestra wins will set the tone for upcoming union negotiations.

With three major contract victories under their belts, Local 1 Cleveland janitors now embark on their next fight: winning a strong contract with a path to $15 for 500 additional janitors who clean Cleveland’s downtown buildings .

Through their “One Cleveland” campaign, janitors are fighting for a $15 wage along with raising standards in the janitorial industry as a way to ensure all Clevelanders—whether white, Black, or brown—benefit from the city’s booming redevelopment. The city’s comeback is made possible with millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, and all Clevelanders should benefit from the renaissance.

The ArcelorMittal Steel Mill agreement will pump $1.5 million into Cleveland’s most neglected neighborhoods. In addition, the janitors’ five-year union contract improves benefits such as holidays and strengthens their pension and healthcare funds.

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Cleveland Janitors Rally for $15, Shine Light on Stark Contrast Between Downtown and Their Communities

Joined by Hundreds of Supporters From Across the Country…

Cleveland Janitors Rally for $15 Under the Playhouse Square Chandelier, Shine Light on Stark Contrast Between Downtown and Their Communities

CLEVELAND – SEIU Local 1 janitors, who keep Cleveland’s most prominent buildings clean and are amid contract bargaining, rallied for $15 this afternoon under the iconic Playhouse Square chandelier to highlight how downtown’s boom has left too many neighborhoods behind. Union janitors, security officers and other supporters from Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago, Detroit, Huston, New York and Portland rallied with Cleveland janitors in solidarity.

“In Cuyahoga County, the poverty rate for a family of four is about $25,000 a year. That’s more than what most janitors currently make,” said Local 1 janitor Craig Watson, who works at the Key Tower skyscraper. “We’re working to put food on the table and provide for our children. We need at least $15 an hour to better support our families.”

Today’s rally came on the heels of the janitor-led “Tale of Two Clevelands” trolley tour, during which Cleveland janitors drew attention to the neglect their neighborhoods have faced during downtown’s redevelopment. Today, janitors brought their fight for $15 directly to the epicenter of Cleveland’s booming resurgence.

Janitors play an essential role in keeping Cleveland clean and safe. Their contribution to our city’s renaissance is clear to anyone walking through downtown—Geis Companies, The K&D Group, Bedrock or AmTrust Financial. Our city’s janitors, however, experience another side of Cleveland. In the shadow of our city’s revival, there is another story where the mostly minority working poor, their families and their communities are struggling to get by.

Local 1 Cleveland janitors are in the process of negotiating their next union contract, which covers much of downtown’s commercial real estate community. Contract negotiations will resume next week, during which janitors will continue to press for a clear path to $15 an hour.

In addition to fighting for fair pay, Cleveland janitors hope to pave the foundation for One Cleveland—a truly prosperous city where everybody thrives.

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