Being a janitor isn't exactly glamorous. It's hard work though and everyone sure as hell notices when that work doesn't get done.
And the people doing that work ought to make a decent living.
But like so many jobs in America, the harder you work, the worse off you are. CEO's are making a mint in this country while the people who clean their offices are invisible to them...and get paid like it.
In Philadelphia, as in numerous other places, janitors are fighting back and fighting for a livable wage.
Members of the cleaning staff at City Hall who have been busting their butts for years trying to keep up with the mess there along with others working in the City of Brotherly Love have been around seven months without a contract.
Jeez, I'd say they've been pretty damn patient.
All of the cleaners in City Hall are Philadelphia residents, and the majority of them are black or Latino.
Philly Indy Media says after numerous bargaining sessions, Team Clean, one of the city's major cleaning companies, refuses to budge on basic issues. While other janitors in the city "enjoy" wage increases and better benefits, Team Clean holds its employees hostage.
Formed in Denver in 1985 by the SEIU, Justice for Janitors is in its 20th year. The campaign is about hard-working janitors uniting for fair working conditions with support from our communities. Over the years, Justice for Janitors has worked to provide better wages, basic benefits, and job security for janitors who clean buildings in major cities and suburbs.
If your in Philadelphia you ought to get your ass down to Paine Plaza on Wednesday to show your support for these hard working men and women.
The following is from Philadelphia Indy Media.
CALLING ALL FRIENDS OF PHILLY LABOR!
WHAT: RALLY FOR A FAIR CONTRACT FOR MSB AND ONE PARKWAY JANITORS
WHEN: WEDNESDAY APRIL 16, 1 PM
WHERE: PAINE PLAZA, 15TH & JFK
FOR INFO: Call Jeff Hornstein at 267-250-6480
Team Clean is the janitorial services contractor at many public buildings in
Philadelphia including the Municipal Services Building, One Parkway, City
Hall, the Convention Center, and several Philadelphia schools.
Team Clean's contract with Local 32BJ for their employees at MSB and One
Parkway expired on September 30, 2007.
PLEASE JOIN US IN DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR THESE JANITORS!!!