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Janitors protest Safeway's use of harsh cleaning chemicals

January 22, 2010
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ROCKRIDGE, CA — A group of janitors joined protesters against the expansion of two Safeway locations to oppose the use of harsh cleaning chemicals at the stores, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

According to the story, organizations in the community oppose the proposed design for the locations, saying the two-level, modern stores will not fit with the neighborhood.

Janitors say that their cause falls in line with the opposition to the expansion, the story stated.

A statement from the union representing the janitors, the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Local 1877 of Northern California, stated: "The demonstration comes as Safeway''s plans to expand its two stores in North Oakland''s Rockridge neighborhood are facing opposition from community stakeholders concerned about potential negative impacts on public safety and the environment."

SEIU Local 1877 of Northern California Vice President Denise Solis added: "If Safeway wants to expand its stores in our community, they must take meaningful steps to protect the health and safety of workers, customers and the environment."

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