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Janitors protest income inequality

February 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Yesterday, janitors in dozens of cities across the country — including Chicago, Houston and New York — protested the growing income inequality between the richest one percent and the remaining 99 percent, according to a press release.

In Los Angeles, hundreds of workers marched from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) campus through Westwood to draw attention to the impact of inequality on both working-class and middle-class families, the release stated.

According to the release, more than 100,000 janitors represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) plan to sit down with some of country''s wealthiest companies this spring to talk about raising standards for workers.

"We are at a place in our history where we must make a choice: Will we allow corporations and chief executive officers (CEOs) to destroy good jobs and the middle class along with them, or will we demand better?" asked SEIU Executive Vice President Valarie Long.

"This year, we are not just fighting for janitors, but for the entire 99 percent who are being held back from a better life," said union activist Guisell Martinez, a janitor with Able Building Maintenance (ABM), cleaning the offices of the one percent.

Click here to read the complete release.