LYNN, MA — Protestors took to Cambridge streets yesterday to protest the poor working conditions of General Electric (GE) and Harvard University janitors, according to the Boston Herald.
Janitors who work for GE in Lynn, Massachusetts, and are members of IUE-CWA are paid roughly $24 an hour with various benefits, while other janitors at the same plant who are contracted by Complete Cleaning are paid $8-$10 with no benefits, the article stated.
According to the article, non-union members have been trying to become part of the union since March, but have been meet with dissent.
"Immediately there was harassment and workers were fired," said Roxana Rivera, commercial division director of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615, which has filed Unfair Labor Practices charges related to alleged unpaid overtime and other wage-hour violations.
"People who work hard each and every day deserve a fair wage," said Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray.
"Because of their work, they''ve earned the right to begin that path to the middle class," Murray added.
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