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Janitors protest shrinking health benefits

June 8, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA — A week ago, more than 100 janitors and their supporters protested their dwindling health benefits, according to the Sacramento Bee.

"We''re fighting for medical coverage. We don''t want to lose that," said Araceli Quezda, a mother of three who makes $11 an hour cleaning offices in the Arden Arcade area and pays $150 a month for health insurance.

By noon, police had arrested seven protesters, including union leaders and members of local Occupy movements, who had all volunteered to be arrested, the article stated.

According to the article, the protest took place while representatives of the janitors'' union — Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW) — were negotiating with employers to settle a contract that expired on April 30.

"A major sticking point in the negotiations is the quality of healthcare benefits that union members receive and the amount the janitors and the janitorial companies they work for pay for those benefits," said union negotiator Mark Sharwood.

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