Janitors Form Picket Line to Fight Contractors
According to reports in the PressTelegram.com, more than a dozen members of state labor union marched in Long Beach, Cal. to protest a cleaning contractor's alleged violations of several state labor laws. The Service Employees International Union stood by the janitorial staff is accusing cleaning contractors in the area of slashing hourly wages by nearly $2, as well as eliminating health insurance benefits, sick days and vacation pay.
The protest was also an effort to keep responsible contractors in the city. According to the article, city buildings are free to hire either union or non-union contractors, but most tend to go with the union because they provide equitable wages and benefits for their janitors.
Workers for the cleaning contractor comment that management treats them kindly, but complain about the terrible pay and increased workload.
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