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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Janitors Reach Tentative Agreement, Which Means No More Traffic-Clogging Protests

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

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After weeks of yelling, chanting, and blocking traffic in downtown San Francisco, local janitors say they have finally reached an agreement with the management companies that employ them. A four-year agreement has been drafted that will increase wages and maintain access to affordable family healthcare, janitors say.

On July 31, the contract ended between janitors being represented by SEIU Local 87 and janitorial service providers. Janitors were "being told that they must be prepared to pay up to $600 in healthcare co-pays a month," according to the union.

As a result, janitors took to the streets with rallies and protest marches, as thousands of janitors attempted to bargain their contracts.

Last Wednesday, more than 2,500 janitors and supporters clogged the Financial District, resulting in 27 arrests for nonviolent civil disobedience.

The group was dedicated to continue rallying until a consensus was reached. Luckily for the janitors and the "1 percenters" in those 400-plus buildings that weren't going to clean themselves, those protests have come to an end.

According to the union, this agreement "makes sure that our city has good jobs that one can raise a family on, with benefits that allow janitors to see a doctor when they're sick," says Olga Miranda, the union president. It "is an important victory for San Francisco janitors and their families."

We'll get more details once SEIU Local 87 janitors ratify the final agreement.

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