Janitors rally for better benefits
SAN DIEGO, CA — It will be two years before janitors in San Diego County will qualify for employer sponsored health insurance, and that''s two years too long, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
More than 1,800 organized janitors are asking companies who contract with their employers to help them get a better wage and a better deal when it comes to benefits, the article stated.
According to the article, on May 31, a contract between Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Service Works West and about 17 area contractors will expire and local chapters from Orange County to Sacramento have authorized a strike.
Last Thursday, a group picketed outside a commercial real estate firm, Arden, and a pharmaceutical company, Amylin; janitors who work at those places earn between $8.15 and $9.30 an hour, the article noted.
In 2010, janitors nationally earned a median of $10.68 per hour, or $22,210 per year, the article added.
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