This week, thousands of janitors are stepping up and out in a BIG way. Below are the 4 things you need to know about why janitors are standing side by side and what you can do to contribute.
1. Over the next 2 years, SEIU janitors - in over 33 cities across the country - will bargain our contracts.
2. This week 12,000 Chicago janitors kick off bargaining with the same contractors and building owners you have in your city! What happens at the table in Chicago will set the tone and pace for every contract following.
But wait there's more!
3. More than 130,000 janitors will be connected through our contract fight in the next two years. That's allota people!
4. For every 1 of us who has a decent wage and union contract, there are dozens more who do not benefit from our gains. That's why this year our campaign is about more than just a contract. We're fighting to raise standards for all workers and to raise America with good jobs.
I've signed my name, sign yours :http://janitorsraiseamerica.org/
Valarie Long is the International Executive Vice President of the Property Services Division of the Service Employees International Union, representing more than 375,000 janitors, security officers, airport workers, food service, light manufacturing, laundry and maintenance workers across North America.