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As Silicon Valley, Bay Area Janitors Strike Continues Into Second Week... Striking Silicon Valley Janitors to Take Their Struggle for Justice to the 2 Million-Member SEIU Convention.



SILICON VALLEY, Calif. -- Striking Silicon Valley janitors announced today they will send a delegation of janitors who clean Cisco Systems “Cisco” redirects here. For other uses, see Cisco (disambiguation).
Cisco System,Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO, HKSE: 4333 ) is an American multinational corporation with 54,000 employees and annual revenue of US $28.48 billion as of 2006.
, Yahoo, Oracle and Stanford University Stanford University, at Stanford, Calif.; coeducational; chartered 1885, opened 1891 as Leland Stanford Junior Univ. (still the legal name). The original campus was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. David Starr Jordan was its first president.  to address the leadership of the 2 million-member Service Employees International Union convention next week in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (pwār`tō rē`kō), island (2005 est. pop. 3,917,000), 3,508 sq mi (9,086 sq km), West Indies, c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) SE of Miami, Fla. . There, Silicon Valley janitors will meet with national leaders to talk about the disparity of wealth in Silicon Valley and what they are doing about it.

Silicon Valley janitors will strategize with national union leaders, elected officials and clergy and community groups in order to generate a national strategy to help win justice in Silicon Valley. Many of these leaders have fought and won victories similar to those the Silicon Valley janitors are seeking; decent wages and improved access to family healthcare. Silicon Valley janitors will meet with janitors active in the national "Justice for Janitors Justice for Janitors is a janitor organization movement and part of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Justice for Janitors started in Denver, Colorado in 1985. " movement that, over the last twenty years TWENTY YEARS. The lapse of twenty years raises a presumption of certain facts, and after such a time, the party against whom the presumption has been raised, will be required to prove a negative to establish his rights.
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, has helped thousands of janitors in more than 30 U.S. cities win better wages and healthcare.

In other cities across the country, including Houston and Miami in 2006, Boston in 2002, and Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  and Chicago in 2000, janitors and their allies have led strike-related activities including massive public marches, picket lines outside major office buildings, prayer vigils, hunger fasts, and other forms of non-violent protest.

Rafael Ramos cleans Stanford University, but because janitorial services are subcontracted, janitors earn more than $2 less per hour than the "living wage" standards that apply to direct employees of the University. Rafael wants to be able to afford decent housing for his wife and 9-month-old daughter, but right now they live with Rafael's brother and his family in a two-bedroom apartment; six people total. "I want to be able to save money, to put my daughter in a good college so she can be something other than a janitor, I want her to be a professional."

Maria Lopez Maria Lopez is a Cuban-American former judge and is currently a television jurist on the syndicated television show Judge Maria Lopez.

Judge Lopez made legal history as the first Latina appointed to the bench in Massachusetts when she was selected as a District
 cleans the offices of high-tech industry giant Cisco Systems, but earns just $11.04 an hour, not nearly enough to care for her four sons. Maria and her family must share housing with two other families, just to be able to afford the rent. She feeds her family with food donations from her church every week. "My salary is so low we can't even think of saving money for the future. We worry just about the day to day."

Eloisa Gonzales cleans offices at Oracle. With two young children at home -- Alejandro, 5-years-old, and Selena, 18-months-old -- Eloisa and her husband work very hard and make sacrifices, such as working different shifts to save money. Though Eloisa only sleeps four hours a night, she makes sure to encourage her children to work hard and go after their dreams. "My son tells me he will work hard so that I don't have to work the night shift anymore."

Hard-working Silicon Valley janitors earn $23,000 a year -- less than one third of what the Center for Economic Policy reports it takes to survive in California. Yet they live in the nation's most affluent enclave. Santa Clara Santa Clara, city, Cuba
Santa Clara (sän`tä klä`rä), city (1994 est. pop. 217,000), capital of Villa Clara prov., central Cuba.
 County has just surpassed Manhattan as the area of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  with the highest median income, $1,585/week. It takes Bay Area janitors nearly a month to earn this much. Meanwhile, state figures show that five Bay Area counties - Santa Clara, San Mateo San Mateo (săn mətā`ō), city (1990 pop. 85,486), San Mateo co., W Calif., on San Francisco Bay; inc. 1894. It is a commercial and retail center with some high-technology manufacturing. San Mateo, Spanish for St. , Contra Costa, Alameda and Marin lead the state in median incomes.

More than 800 Silicon Valley, Bay Area janitors have been on strike since May 20. Contract talks for more than 6,000 janitors collapsed on Thursday, May 15 when the Bay Area's largest cleaning companies refused, after months of negotiations, to propose even modest pay and benefit improvements to janitors. In addition, the cleaning companies are facing an investigation by the federal labor board over charges they illegally attempted to silence and intimidated janitors who have been speaking out for justice.

For more info about SEIU SEIU Service Employees International Union
SEIU Special Education Intake Unit
SEIU Secondary Education Interdisciplinary Unit
SEIU Software Engineering Institute Union
 Local 1877 Justice for Janitors visit: www.seiu-usww.org.
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