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Pressure from janitors remains steady

July 31, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Contract negotiations with several employers will end on August 1, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 87 janitors union has been out in full force, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Over the weekend, more than 1,000 janitors marched in San Francisco''s Union Square, and more than 500 are expected to march through the financial district today, the article stated.

"If we don’t get no contract, you don''t get no peace," the crowd chanted as it marched down the street, periodically stopping to picket intersections.

According to the article, at risk are significant increases in monthly healthcare costs, among other things.

"Our members clean up after companies that got bailed out, and we''re getting screwed," said Olga Miranda, president of Local 87.

"We depend on our hands. We work hard for our money. We''re not looking for hand-outs. The trash can outside your office? The bathroom? The hallways? No matter how dirty it is, we do it. And we’re not given respect," said a union janitor who preferred to be quoted as Elhady.

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