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Boston Justice for Janitors update 3 (english)
05 Sep 2002
Mayor Menino stepped in. Strike still imminent. Solidarity and support needed. Please sign the pledge if you haven't already.
Thursday, September 5, 2002
Check out our web-site for more information about these events and to sign the online pledge:
Justice for Janitors : Strike Bulletin #3

Welcome to the Justice for Janitors Strike Bulletin. If you’re receiving this message as a forward and would like to join our list, visit and sign the online Solidarity Pledge. Even if you’re on our email list, please, visit our website and sign our online pledge which has already been signed by 200 people.

On Tuesday, September 4th, negotiations broke down between the janitors of SEIU 615 and the Boston cleaning contractors. With the union on the verge of walking out of their jobs, Mayor Thomas M. Menino put in a call to the union and the contractors in a last ditch effort to resolve the contract issue without a strike. On Wednesday, the union returned to the table for a 10-hr negotiating session, during which hundreds of janitors and supporters rallied at the Park St. T stop and through the streets of Downtown Boston for Justice for Janitors. Thanks to JwJ activists for turning out!

Negotiations inched forward once again today beginning at 1PM, as the union pushes for decent wages (most janitors currently earn about $39/night), affordable family healthcare (most janitors have no health care) and full-time job opportunities (75% of jobs are currently part time). Support is growing for the janitors, even within the business community. Only today, State Street, one of the city's biggest companies, said in a brief written statement that is supports the workers and wants to see the impasse end quickly.

With the janitors at the negotiating table, it's time for the Community to step up and put on the heat...

LUNCH FRIDAY: Keep the Heat On
As negotiations continue, we need to step up the pressure on the building owners to agree to justice; decent wages, full-time jobs and affordable family healthcare. Join us on Friday as we educate tenants of key downtown office buildings of the issues in the strike and the determination of the community to see that justice is done for our brothers and sisters. Friday, September 6, starting at 12 Noon at 1 Post Office Square. (nearest T stop: State)

In the event of a strike, SEIU is in need of experienced, bilingual organizers to notify workers in their 1400 buildings. Please, contact Jobs with Justice to Volunteer.

Coming up...
Stay tuned for an upcoming action to tell the temp industry we won't tolerate the use of scabs should the janitors decide to exercise their right to strike. STUDENTS: Look out for the emergency city-wide student activist meeting on Justice for Janitors this Monday at 6PM at Northeastern University Curry Student Center (nearest T: Northeastern on the Green Line and Ruggles on the Orange.)

See the calendar below for a listing of upcoming events and visit our website for the most recent media coverage and frequent updates, and to sign the Solidarity Pledge! See the Boston Student Labor Action Project website for details on the student effort or .

Justice for Janitors: Calendar

Monday, September 9th
6PM Boston SLAP: City-wide Student Activist Emergency Meeting on J4J
Northeastern Curry Student Center (Green Line: Northeastern or Orange Line: Ruggles) Calling all Student Activists!! Of the 11,000 janitors, over 2000 of the work on college campuses and another 2000 on off-campus property owned by our universities: MIT, Northeastern, Emerson, Lesley, Berklee College of Music, Simmons, Emmanuel and others... Join Boston SLAP for a meeting to organize the student support for the Justice for Janitors Campaign. Let’s let our administrations know that we think the janitors who work on our campus deserve decent wages and affordable family healthcare.

Wednesday, September 11th
6-9 Jobs With Justice Solidarity Committee Meeting, SEIU Local 509 Office, 675 Mass Ave, Central Sq., Cambridge
Be at the center of the action: Help Jobs with Justice organize the monstrous community support campaign for Justice for Janitors.

9-9:30 PM SEIU 615 Vigils, All over Downtown Boston
The Service Employees International Union was the union second worst hit by the attacks of September 11, 2001. Join SEIU 615 members outside of just about every office building in Downtown Boston as they take a half an hour break during their work shifts to light a candle and remember the members lost on that day.

Weekend of Sept. 13th or 14th
PSA for J4J contest. See for updates. Specific details forthcoming…Write a public service announcement for Justice for Janitors to be played on the radio and perform it in a conest on September 13th or 14th before celebrity judges for the chance of winning a $300 cash prize!

Visit for more information and frequent updates. When the strike starts, frequent updates will be available on the site and via email. Sign-up online!
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