Justice For Janitors Turns 20
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Justice for Janitors Day and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released this announcement:
America's immigrants are our life blood. From the brilliance of immigrants like Albert Einstein to Ang Lee, immigrants have helped to make this country strong, vibrant and prosperous. Today, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Justice for Janitors Day and its roots in the immigrant workers struggle, we honor the continued role that immigrants play in strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and making our nation great. We also mark our continued commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform so that we can eliminate the underground economy, level the playing field, and lift wages for all workers.
Today, the Justice for Janitors campaign has also come to symbolize the inextricable link between the fight for worker's rights and the fight for immigration reform. Under today's broken system, an underground economy of undocumented workers who lack basic rights pushes down wages and working conditions for all workers. Men, women and children are being treated unjustly, inhumanely and without the basic dignity and worth that all people are entitled. Until we fix our broken immigration system and level the playing field for workers, we cannot restore fairness for workers.
That is why on June 15th every year, SEIU members and activists around the globe honor the legacy of the Justice for Janitors campaign with events across the country to call for comprehensive immigration reform and a fair, just voice on the job for all workers. At a time when worker productivity is up and wages are down, when immigrant rights are under attack and when our economy continues to benefit a lucky few at the expense of the majority, SEIU members are carrying on the fight for justice and opportunity for the working men and women who sustain our economy.
Over the last two decades, the successes of the Justice for Janitors campaign serve as the most powerful reminder that united we rise together; that united we can recreate the American dream for workers. United we can raise wages and improve working conditions. United we can pass comprehensive immigration reform. And united, we can deliver justice.
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