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Janitors protest job loss

November 16, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — City janitors protested the city's switch to non-union janitors after many lost their jobs and others lost much of their income, according to the Mountain View Voice.

protestThe Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-represented employees claim that the city terminated its agreement with their employer, GCR, when the city refused to pay for increased benefit costs in a new contract, the article stated.

According to the article, the city then temporarily hired a non-union janitor service which, by law, was supposed to rehire all the janitors, but instead only rehired five of the 14.

An employee of the city who knew some of the janitors felt bad for them, particularly the ones who went above and beyond their duties as janitors, the article noted.

"It's a bad time of year, it's terrible, with the holidays and Thanksgiving coming up," the employee said.

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