Hundreds of SEIU Local 26 members, their friends and families; and allies from labor and environmental organizations crowded downtown skyways today over the lunch hour in march to demand better fair pay, better healthcare and green cleaning practices. Local 26 janitors announced their intention to strike over disagreements with cleaning contractor companies on contract terms that the union says would be a huge step backwards for the workers.
According to Local 26, many full-time janitors have had their income cut by as much as 25% through a reduction in hours. Inadequate health insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs is another concern.
The janitors of SEIU Local 26 today announced that they are prepared to go on strike after over two months of negotiations with cleaning contractors. Flanked by supportive elected officials and allies including environmental groups and union leaders, the janitors’ union launched their campaign in Minneapolis City Hall today, announcing that they will strike if their contract demands are not met.