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Fri Aug 10, 2012, 09:04 PM

Three Thousand San Francisco Janitors Prepare for a Strike

Source: Truth-out.org

The national confrontation between janitors and some of the world's richest property owners has arrived in San Francisco where, on Wednesday, over two thousand building cleaners shut down the city's main artery, Market Street, in a huge march. Later, twenty-seven workers and supporters were arrested in a financial district intersection as they blocked it in an act of civil disobedience.

Among the many banners carried by the marchers, by far the most common was one that said, "We Are Ready to Strike the 1%." It clearly summed up workers' anger, which made this march even larger than one three days earlier and others organized during the weeks prior.

The local already took a vote to authorize a strike when its contract expired on July 31 with the city's main building service employers, Able Building Maintenance, American Building Maintenance and the San Francisco Contractors Association. That was fine with janitor Mohamed Ismael, who said, "A strike is possible. We don't like to go on strike, but if they don't make a reasonable proposal, if they tell us this is what you're going to get, if we go to the end of the line, then it's better for us to go on strike."

At issue in San Francisco is the same sticking point in most union contract negotiations - health care costs and wages. San Francisco janitors are the second most highly paid in the country, after New York City, but the city's living costs are so high that few can afford to live there. Ismael was fortunate enough to find affordable housing in the city 20 years ago. But now, the contractors are demanding that workers pay $600 a month for family health care coverage and he has a wife and four children. They offer a raise of 50 an hour, which would total about $85, resulting in an effective wage cut of $515 a month.


Miranda claims bitterly "they're forcing families out of their homes. We have these benefits because our union has been here for 78 years. We're saying, don't take away what we already have. They're offering 50 and they have revenues of millions. We absolutely cannot afford to pay this."

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I say that maybe now is time take to the streets and fight for the rights our parents and grandparents won for us. The assault on the poor and the working class will continue until we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

Let the janitors be our guides on how to hold TPTB responsible for honoring labor and paying livable wages. They won't like it very much when the toilets start backing up and nothing is being cleaned. They rely on us just as much as we rely on them. We have power when we band together!!

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