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Service workers rallied for fair wages

May 2, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH — A rally, consisting of community members, security workers and janitors, was held outside the Motorists Insurance building yesterday, according to the Examiner.

The rally was held to call upon Columbus business leaders to support better pay and access to health insurance for the service employees who work in downtown office buildings, the article stated.

"Janitors and security officers — who clean and protect the offices of Columbus’s Fortune 1000 companies — are among the thousands of people in our city who work full time and still qualify for public assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid," said Laurie Couch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

According to the article, janitors and security officers have met with resistance and retaliation for engaging in union activity; after speaking out about working conditions, a security officer was removed and reassigned to a lower-paying job.

"Companies like Aetna have told janitors that there's going to be a wage freeze for two years. They want to cut full-time workers' hours to part-time. If their hours are cut, they lose access to their health insurance," said SEIU Local 1 organizer Liliana Castillo.

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