Unfair Labor Practices Cause Janitors to Strike
According to reports in the Miami Herald, janitors at the University of Miami have authorized a strike against Boston-based Unicco following national attention regarding worker's lack of healthcare and some of the lowest wages of any major U.S. university.
UM President Donna Shalala has agreed to convene a committee to review the wages of some 900 contract workers, including about 400 janitors employed by Unicco. The decision comes after a four and a half year battle from faculty and students at the university, but workers and the union fighting on their behalf, Service Employees International Union, want more of a guarantee.
The plan is to choose random locations throughout campus and various times for workers to stop working. The SEIU feels that this will both maximize surprise and keep workers from missing wages. Unicco spokespeople commented that the company will hire temporary workers, if necessary, to fulfill its contract with the university.
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