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Strike looming for East Coast janitors

September 27, 2012

BOSTON — If contract negotiations fall through, janitors responsible for the cleanliness of several MetroWest-based companies are prepared to strike, according to the Milford Daily News.

janitors vote yesThe contract for several thousand janitors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire expires on Sunday, September 30, and union members have authorized a strike if that deadline passes without a new contract, the article stated.

According to the article, in 2002 the janitors went on strike for a four week period and gained nation-wide exposure for their plight.

"Everyone is ready for the strike because everybody needs better jobs and better hours too," said Rafael Cruz, a janitor at Genzyme's headquarters in Framingham and member of the union’s negotiating committee.

As of Wednesday, eight Massachusetts unions and Steven Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, had pledged their support for the janitors union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615, which is negotiating for increased hours and better healthcare, the article noted.


How do you feel about janitors or custodians that strike when contract negotiations fall through? Does it set a bad example for the industry as a whole, or do the strikes end up getting the point across and changes made?