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Nine Arrested at the Pru Yesterday Supporting Janitors (english)
13 Sep 2002
Modified: 23 Sep 2002
Students and faculty arrested; students engaging in civil
disobedience and public sickness protesting Boston Properties, the only major building owner that has not declared its support for Boston's janitors in negotiating for health benefits and wage improvements

Contact: Mike Amato (Northeastern) 617-538-7270
Stephanie Wei Wang (MIT) 617-320-5703


BOSTON, MA-Nine people-seven students, one Emerson professor, and a community supporter-were arrested this evening while protesting for health benefits for janitors. The protest, in Boston Properties' Prudential Center, was directed against Boston Properties, which is the only major building owner that has not yet declared its support for Boston janitors in negotiating for health benefits, full time work, and wage improvements.

"The janitors on our campuses and in buildings like the Prudential have to choose between getting health coverage and paying their rent. That's simply unacceptable. Boston Properties won't stand up and say so, but students will, and we'll do what it takes to be heard," said Northeastern senior Todd Tavares. "Boston Properties, you make us sick!," shouted students, as they feigned illness and refused to leave when threatened with arrest.

The 10,000 janitors whose contract expired August 31 have received
support from around the city. Students, many of whom attend schools covered by the contract, began civil disobedience today in support of the janitors. More students are prepared to get arrested, and over fifty community members have also pledged to risk arrest to support the janitors.

if you support this cause and are willing to take action, go to and fill out our online pledge to support the janitors' campaign.
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*applause* (english)
13 Sep 2002
nice work everyone, glad it went so well!
You mean janitors are people too? (english)
15 Sep 2002
It seems that some of the wealthiest (often tax-free) institutions have no problem paying fabulous sums of money to some of their employees, but balk that the food is being ripped from their mouths when asked to pay something closer to a living wage for the people who keep their environments clean.

The trick of the trade though will be to pay the increase "with a gun to our head!", and then lay off half the janitorial staff. The survivors will be expected to work twice as hard because of the exorbitant increase they recieved.