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Janitors set to lose wages, benefits and jobs

June 28, 2012

CHICAGO — As 50 Chicago union janitors prepare to lose their jobs on June 29, a group of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 members are denouncing the layoffs and urging city council members to sponsor a new labor contract, according to Progress Illinois.

Before yesterday''s Chicago City Council meeting, a group of soon-to-be jobless janitors joined Local 1 President Tom Balanoff to speak with reporters outside council chambers and expressed their concerns, the article stated.

According to the article, Shirley McCondichie, a veteran janitor of 18 years, said she''s never been laid off before, but still had a difficult time making ends meet on her janitor''s salary, and is now more uncertain than ever about her future.

"Terrible. I''ve never in my life drawn unemployment. I''ve been working 33 years in this city. I''ve got a daughter going to college. I don''t know if she’s going to be able to go, because I won''t be able to pay for her books," McCondichie said.

News of the layoffs came just days after the city awarded a new janitorial service contract in early June to Dayspring Inc., a South Holland-based janitorial services company, the article noted.

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