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Janitors mark Justice for Janitors Day with protests

June 14, 2011

CHICAGO — Seeking to strengthen America''s beleaguered middle class, janitors across the country this week will mark the 21st Annual Justice for Janitors Day by protesting an economy that many consider unbalanced, unjust and unfair, according to a press release.

June 15 is the 21st anniversary of the brutal 1990 clubbing by Los Angeles police officers of low-wage janitors protesting in the city''s ritzy Century City district, the release stated.

According to the release, violent images of police quashing the protest were seen around the world, galvanizing public opinion in favor of the janitors, who subsequently won their first union contract.

"The middle class in this country is under the gun," said Martha Martinez, a janitor employed by ABM at the Century City Towers in Los Angeles.

"While big corporations are getting all the money, a lot of people don''t have jobs. And even more people are working for a living but not making a living," Martinez added.

This week, janitors will lead or participate in protests calling for economic justice in 15 U.S. cities — Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Florham Park, NJ; Hartford, CT; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; New York; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; San Diego; Stamford, CT; Washington; and White Plains, NY, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.