Janitors Strike in Connecticut
Hundreds of janitors throughout Connecticut rallied in support of a union organizing drive at 45 area buildings covering more than 10 million square feet of commercial space in the area. According to reports in the New Haven Independent, there are an estimated 400 non-union custodial workers receiving low wages and little to no health benefits.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently opened an office in the area and has since been building support among the largely Spanish-speaking custodians. Workers have embraced the union, who ran similar drives in neighboring counties where workers now earn $10-11 an hour plus health benefits and vacations.
Politicians have also given their support to custodians. Major Jon DeStefano was present at the rally and declared the day "Justice for Janitors Day" in New Haven. Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal also received loud applause from the crowed as he held up a sign promoting the unionization. Although he was not in attendance, U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman had supporters at the demonstration emphasizing his support for organized labor.
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