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TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION AND MATTEL TOYS HEAD ANNUAL 'TOP TRASH' LIST; JANITORS EXPOSE 'ANTI-WORKER' CORPORATIONS

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 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Service Employees


International Union issued the following:
 The Service Employees International Union "Justice for Janitors" campaign today named Toyota Motor Corporation and Mattel Toys to head its annual "North America's Top Trash" list of anti-worker companies. Toyota and Mattel get the 1993 "North America's Top Trash" award because of low wages and harsh working conditions faced by the janitors who clean their headquarters' facilities in Los Angeles. The union is urging supporters to send "messages of outrage" to Richard Riordan, a Mattel executive who was just elected major of Los Angeles, and Shinji Sakai, president of Toyota Motors Sales, USA.
 It's the second year the Service Employees International Union and janitors across North America have marked "Justice for Janitors Day" by exposing the shoddy employment and personnel practices of some of the most reputable companies in North America.
 Blockbuster ads in The New York Times and local newspapers and a barrage of radio commercials touting labor law reform led up to today's "Justice for Janitors Day" observance, and demonstrations are scheduled in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Detroit, Washington, Hartford, Vancouver, Seattle, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Kansas City and San Jose. The Service Employees International Union "Justice for Janitors" campaign is part of a nationwide effort to bring union representation and contracts to millions of men and women who do the dirty work of our society.
 Toyota and Mattel win the 1993 "North America's Top Trash" award because:
 -- Janitors who work for Advance Building Maintenance cleaning Toyota and Mattel headquarters buildings in Los Angeles and Mattel's nearby warehouse average full-time wages of less than $12,000 per year, with no health insurance. No matter how many years of service, they get only one week of paid vacation per year or less.
 -- A major class action lawsuit against Toyota/Mattel contractor Advance Building Maintenance is in process, charging Advance with failure to pay minimum wages, failure to pay overtime, failure to provide lunch and break periods, erroneous deductions from workers' paychecks and failure to maintain accurate records.
 -- The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a citation against the Toyota/Mattel contractor for unsafe working conditions, including failure to provide personal protective equipment, ineffective training in working with hazardous materials and for not providing a written illness and injury prevention program.
 When workers try to discuss these problems with the companies, the union says Toyota responds it has nothing to do with what happens to the janitors who clean its facilities in Los Angeles, and Mattel refuses to respond to any and all requests to discuss working conditions at their headquarters and warehouse in Los Angeles.
 The companies making this year's "dishonorable mention" Top Trash list include Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Wisconsin; Kirco Realty, Detroit; Cigna Corporation, Bloomfield and Windsor, Conn.; Apartment and Office Building Association and Arent, Fox, Washington, D.C.; Marathon Realty/Canadian Pacific, Vancouver, B.C.; The Rouse Company, Seattle; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; World Trade Center, Portland; American Building Maintenance, Kansas City, Mo., Denver, Orlando, Fla.; William Wilson and Associates/Oracle Systems, San Mateo County, Calif.; Rebuild LA; and Gerald D. Hines Interests, Denver, New Orleans.
 The Service Employees International Union, with 1 million members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, is now the fourth-largest union in the AFL-CIO, and has been recognized for five straight years as the fastest-growing member of the labor federation.
 Through the SEIU "Justice for Janitors" campaign, in the past five years some 35,000 janitors have joined the more than 200,000 building service workers who work with dignity in safe, full-time jobs that pay decent wages because they are represented by the Service Employees International Union. Recognized as one of the most refreshing and militant forces in the labor movement, the "Justice for Janitors" campaign organizes workers through a variety of strategies for reaching agreement with employers as an alternative to cumbersome National Labor Relations Board procedures.
 -0- 6/15/93
 /CONTACT: Mary Margaret Walker or Ray Abernathy for Service Employees International Union, 202-842-3100/


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