San Diego Janitors Return to UTC On The Last Day of Negotiations with Contractors
San Diego, CA - As contract expiration looms, San Diego janitors will march once again at UTC – home to some of the wealthiest biotech companies and commercial real estate properties -- to take on the same companies that helped settle contracts throughout the state but who are not stepping up to the plate for hard working janitors here in San Diego. Throughout Southern California, USWW janitors will be doing solidarity actions at companies like The Irvine Company and Alexandria Real Estate Equity that insist on withholding health care solutions for our San Diego janitors and their families.
“Last week we fasted, held prayer vigils, and protested for our families. As parents, grandparents and spouses, there is nothing that we wouldn’t do for them. If we have to keep marching at UTC, downtown San Diego, La Jolla or the Suburbs, we will. We will not be held back any further,” says Martha Gomez, a janitor at Ilumina for 4 years and member of the bargaining committee.
For the past couple of months, San Diego janitors have been negotiating a contract that includes a modest wage increase and family health care for janitors and their families. In cities like Los Angeles and Orange County, and others in Northern California, companies like The Irvine Company and Alexandria Real Estate Equity already offer those janitors a family medical plan. San Diego has fallen behind the rest of the state.
In 2012, 30,000 of USWW’s 40,000 members’ collective bargaining contracts expire, including the 1,800 office, tech and biotech janitors from San Diego and Inland Empire counties which are set to expire on May 30th.
WHAT: March & Rally by SD Janitors for Health Care at UTC
WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 12PM
WHERE: UTC, Corner of Executive Dr. and Towne Center Dr.
WHO: SD Janitors, community members & religious leaders.
Contact: Martín Terrones, (310) 597-1011