ST. PAUL, MN — Janitors from the Service Employees International Union
(SEIU) Local 26
demonstrated at a meeting between bankers and politicians at the State Capitol, according to KSTP-TV
According to the story, the union — representing the more than 4,000 janitors working in downtown city buildings and banks — has been embroiled in tense negotiations with local cleaning companies over out-of-pocket health care costs, reduced hours and the janitors'' push for a shift to green cleaning.
Union President Javier Morillo said: "We''re drawing attention to this to tell these building owners like the Wells Fargos, the US banks, that they need to intercede with the cleaning companies that clean their buildings and tell them to settle this before it gets to a strike."
Pushing and shouting broke out at the meeting, called "bank day," which was supposed to be a chance for bank lobbyists to meet with members of the state legislature, the story stated.
A spokesman for the Minnesota Bankers Association
said he didn''t understand why the janitors were targeting bankers, the story noted.
The union has already authorized a strike if an agreement cannot be reached, the story added.