TACOMA, WA — Labor activists rallied on the University of Washington Tacoma campus on behalf of the school’s janitorial workers, aiming to draw attention to the cleaning staff’s lack of benefits and low pay, according to KPLU-FM.
The UW Tacoma campus has a contract with a local Tacoma cleaning company called SMS Cleaning, and janitors complain that they lack sick days, health insurance and vacation pay, the article stated.
According to the article, a staffer with the Service Employees International Union, which has been working with the UW Tacoma janitors, says the university "should either stop contracting out the cleaning work or require the contractor to improve conditions for the workers."
Mike Wark, a spokesman for UW Tacoma, indicated that, this summer, the school will evaluate whether to bring the work in-house before the contract expires later this year, the article noted.
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