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SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION BUILDS TOWARD JUNE 15 INTERNATIONAL 'JUSTICE FOR JANITORS DAY' WITH AD CAMPAIGN, DEMONSTRATIONS PLANNED IN MAJOR CITIES

 Janitors to Release Annual `North America's Top Trash' List
 of Anti-Worker Corporations
 WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Service Employees International Union issued the following:
 With blockbuster ads in The New York Times and local newspapers and a barrage of radio commercials, the Service Employees International Union is gearing up for its June 15 "Justice for Janitors Day" observance with plans for demonstrations in 14 major cities, the release of its annual "North America's Top Trash" list of anti-worker corporations and a "wakeup call" for labor law reform.
 "We continue to succeed at organizing janitors across the country only because we conscientiously avoid the National Labor Relations Board and its election process," said Service Employees International President John J. Sweeney, himself the former president of the union's giant janitor local in New York. "The nation's employers have become masters at gaming our ineffective labor laws and we're going to remind Congress of its responsibilities with a national wakeup call for labor law reform next Tuesday."
 Sweeney said that coordinated demonstrations will take place in 14 cities on June 15, "Justice for Janitors Day." In Los Angeles, janitors will observe the third anniversary of the now-infamous LAPD Century City police riot with a march and a rally. In Washington, janitors will rally at the District
building. Janitors in Milwaukee will rally at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield headquarters building and in Redwood City, Calif., they will take to the streets in civil disobedience to protest the use of exploitative non-union cleaning contractors. Similar activities will take place in Seattle; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; Vancouver, British Columbia; Pittsburgh; Hartford, Conn.; Denver; New Orleans; and Kansas City, Mo.
 The union is running full-page newspaper ads calling attention to the "shame in our nation's capital" through the stories of two immigrants from El Salvador who have been battered by employers. According to one ad, Sonia Sorto tried to avoid going on welfare by taking a job cleaning bathrooms in a downtown office building for less than $5.50 an hour with no benefits. When she was fired for taking a day off to care for her injured daughter, she had no union to turn to because "wealthy office building owners ... avoid their moral and legal obligations by hiring anti-union janitorial contractors to do their dirty work." A second ad features a 19-year-old named Inmar Hernandez who has been working nights as a janitor while going to Wilson High School during the day. Hernandez was fired for union activities, went through a year-long maze trying to get relief from the labor board, then took another job -- only to find himself cleaning the offices of the Arent, Fox law firm, the attorneys the union says are behind a citywide anti-union campaign in the District of Columbia.
 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 four straight years as the fastest-growing member of the labor federation. Through the SEIU "Justice for Janitors" campaign, in the past four years some 35,000 janitors have joined the more than 200,000 building service workers who work with dignity in safe, full-time jobs because they are represented by the Service Employees International Union.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Margaret Walker or Ray Abernathy for the Service Employees International Union, 202-842-3100/


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