Janitors authorize strike
SEATTLE — If labor negotiations on a new contract break down, thousands of janitors could go on strike as early as next month, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Janitors, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 6 (SEIU6), have voted to authorize a strike if a contract agreement is not reached between the union and janitorial companies, the article stated.
According to the article, contract negotiations have been in progress since May 8.
The contract with Puget Sound-area janitorial companies expires on June 30; under terms of the strike agreement, if an agreement is not reached, janitors could go on strike 10 days after that, the article noted.
Roughly 3,000 janitors are covered by the labor contract, and a strike would affect offices, restaurants and retail spaces throughout downtown Seattle and parts beyond, the article added.
"We clean buildings owned by the wealthiest companies in the world," said Jocelyn Eleccion, a janitor and member of the bargaining team.
"People who work hard should make a decent living instead of treading water or falling behind. We need to ensure that all workers benefit from the economic progress they helped create," Eleccion added.
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