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Student Janitors Rally @ Northeastern 4:30pm TODAY! (english)
30 Sep 2002
Students around the city, will be rallying at Northeastern University, to support the janitors going on strike around the city. Northeastern Univ. is the target of our action because over 150 janitors are employed by Consolidated and covered under the master contract. Northeastern has yet to issue a statement in support of the janitors.
Press Release For Immediate Release: 9/30/02

Sue Curry, Boston University Student, SLAP Organizer, 617-335-3898
Stephanie Wei Wang, MIT Student, USAS Coordinating Committee Representative, SLAP Organizer, 617-320-5703

City-wide Student Rally to Support Janitors' Strike
Students Demand Northeastern University : "Do the Right Thing!"

Boston. September 30 -- On day one of Boston janitors' strike, Boston Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) will hold a rally at Northeastern University. Students, faculty members, and community supporters from across the Greater Boston area will gather at the Northeastern University "T" stop on Huntington Ave. at 4:30pm on Monday, September 30 to show their support for the thousands
of janitors on the first day of their strike. Protesters will demand that Northeastern University issue a statement in support of the janitors. Following the rally, at approximately 5:30, demonstrators will march to various UNICCO buildings to help SEIU janitors kick off the strike.

Northeastern is a major employer of SEIU janitors, and also one of the top four university landowners in Boston. Northeastern contracts with Consolidated Services, Inc., a major obstacle in the Justice for Janitors campaign. "As a member of the Northeastern University community, I feel we should treat all employees with respect," said Northeastern student Scott Breiding. "$39 a day
without healthcare is not respect."

Of the 11,000 janitors represented by SEIU 615, 2,000 work on university campuses in the Boston-area, and another 2,000 clean off-campus university property around the city. For the past few months, Boston SLAP, a coalition of student groups from 10 Boston area campuses, has been organizing students to stand behind the janitors' campaign.

United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and SLAP have been organizing students across the country in solidarity with Boston janitors, as part of a national student campaign against UNICCO. Last week USAS and SLAP affiliates organized demonstrations in front of UNICCO offices across the country. "UNICCO provides health care and full-time jobs for janitors in New York and Philadelphia," said USAS Coordinating Committee Representative and MIT student
Stephanie Wei Wang. "Why not in Boston?"

On Thursday, September 12, seven students, one community member, and one Emerson College professor were arrested at the Prudential Mall in a civil disobedience action in support of the janitors. An additional 30 students have pledged to risk arrest in support of the campaign. "We're willing to do whatever it takes," says Boston University student Valerie Costa. "Our support for the janitors will not end until their demands are met."
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