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Boston Janitors on verge of strike (english)
by Julia Steinberger and Mark Weaver
Email: julias (nospam) mit.edu
Phone: 617 576 2688
Address: 155 Cherry ST #2 , Cambridge
06 Sep 2002
Modified: 13 Sep 2002
5 minutes long, interviews with SEIU janitors.
Rebroadcast as you want.
Previously aired on WMBR local news, Worker's Independent News
Service, Free Speech Radio News.
With many many thanks to Mark Weaver and Dave Goodman of WMBR,
and John Hamilton of WINS for production help and advice.
Thank you (english)
sage (nospam) riseup.net (unverified)
08 Sep 2002
Thank you for producing this report! It's great. I hope it gets aired a lot SOON because community support is needed.
Here is the latest update from the Jobs with Justice email list. It contains websites too, where you can find out more, sign up for the PLEDGE of support, and find out how you can HELP with fundraising, support, and whatever else is needed.
MASSACHUSETTS JOBS WITH JUSTICE
Friday, September 6, 2002
Check out our web-site for more information about these events, recent news coverage, and to sign the online pledge: http://www.massjwj.net
*****PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!*****
Justice for Janitors : Strike Bulletin #4
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 http://www.massjwj.net 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.
***MESSAGE FROM SEIU LOCAL 615***
"As you may know from the media, Friday was the third day of discussions at Parkman House with the mayor trying to broker an agreement between the union and the contractors. We are determining on a day to day basis whether or not we will be going on strike. So we are very thankful you are all standing by."
-excerpt from an email from SEIU 615 Community Organizer Liz Steinhauser, (Fri, 6 Sep 2002)
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. Friday was the third day that the union returned to the table for negotiations.
FRIDAY, President Joseph Kanan of CWA Local 1365 announced that his workers will turn around before they cross the janitors picket lines. Join them, for a rally on Monday at 4pm in Lawrence, in support of the janitors in SEIU Local 615.
DON'T BELIEVE THE PAPERS! The press has put out a pretty optimistic version of the story, suggesting that a settlement is on the way. SEIU Local 615, however, feels that the cleaning contractors have a ways to move before the contract will be acceptable. The union continues to push 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). SEIU 615 continues to determine on a day to day basis whether a strike will be necessary.
The teach-in Thursday was an enormous success, with over 100 people gathering at Community Church to learn more about the campaign and mobilize community support. For info on how to get involved, see below. The highlight arrived at the end of the evening, when 40 members of SEIU 615 marched into the meeting directly from negotiations.
Friday, JwJ activists kept the pressure by passing out hundreds of leaflets tenants in downtown office buildings. But it's time to up the ante, especially as the possibility of a strike approaches as early as Monday... Join the Workers' Rights Board, as they target temp agencies, and the students as they organize an EMERGENCY CITY-WIDE STUDENT ACTIVIST MEETING on Monday evening.
Look out Labor Ready!
As the possibility of a strike approaches, join Jobs with Justice and the Campaign on Contingent Work in putting pressure on the temp agency Labor Ready and demand that they not provide temporary workers to be strikebreakers. Join us on Monday, at the crack of dawn to educate the workers about the potential strike and the struggle of their fellow community members and neighbors, at the South Boston office Labor Ready office at 6:30AM and on Tuesday at the Chelsea office at 6:30AM. Monday at Noon, we'll deliver a letter the Labor Ready management, from community leaders and members of the Workers' Rights Board, urging them to be upstanding corporate citizens and not to provide scabs if the janitors strike.
Monday, September 9
6:30AM leafletting/education of workers
12NOON Press Conference
Labor Ready, 307 W. Broadway, South Boston (Red Line: Broadway)
Tuesday, September 10
6:30AM: Spanish speakers needed to leaflet and speak with workers
Labor Ready, 106 4th Street, Chelsea
City-Wide Student Activist EMERGENCY Meeting
on Justice for Janitors
If there's a single meeting you make this year, join the Boston Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) at Northeastern University to plan for student support for the janitors. Not only do the janitors clean office buildings in Downtown Boston. Two thousand clean university campuses, including
Northeastern, MIT, Simmons, Emerson, Lesley and others... Another two thousand work on off-campus university property owned by universities such as Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and BC, among others. Join students from across the city of Boston to talk about how students can join together in support. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!
Monday, September 9th
6PM Northeastern Curry Student Center, Room 344
(Green line: Northeastern, Orange line: Ruggles)
BILINGUAL ORGANIZERS NEEDED!!
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.
Also, the union is in urgent need of one or two volunteers for a self contained job: setting up a database of community supporters who are willing to volunteer their time and energy for the campaign and strike. The project would take between 5-10 hours and could be done this Saturday or Sunday. Please email today if you are willing to do this, so we can set you up for the weekend. Contact Vonda or Liz at 254brunsting (at) mindspring.com to volunteer.
Stay tuned for upcoming actions to tell Fleet, Fidelity and others that it's time to take a stand in support of the janitors and for the vigils in front of buildings in Downtown Boston on September 11th. See the calendar below for a listing of upcoming events and visit our website: http://www.massjwj.net, 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 http://www.bostonslap.org .
To become involved in organizing fundraising for the strike fund, "meet your janitors" days for tenants in Downtown Boston, using arts to support the strike and workers contact 254brunsting (at) mindspring.com. To plan more ways to mobilize the community in support, don't miss the Jobs with Justice Solidarity Committee meeting this Tuesday, at 6PM. Contact us for details via email: bostonjwj (at) mindspring.com or by calling 617-524-8778.
Justice for Janitors: Calendar
Monday, September 9
6:30AM Leafletting/education of temporary workers at Labor Ready, South Boston
NOON Press Conference in front of Labor Ready, South Boston
Labor Ready, 307 W. Broadway, South Boston
As the possibility of a strike approaches, join the Jobs with Justice and the Campaign on Contingent Work in putting pressure on the temp agency Labor Ready, and demand that they not provide temporary workers to be strikebreakers. We will educate the workers about the potential strike, at the South Boston office Labor Ready office at 6:30AM. At Noon, we'll deliver a letter from a number of prominent community members on the Workers' Rights Board to the Labor Ready management, urging them to be upstanding corporate citizens and not to provide scabs if the janitors strike at Noon. (Red Line: Broadway)
4-5 PM Andover Rally to Support J4J
Support the 11,000 janitors in the Boston area by coming to a rally in Andover. Rally will be at the Mobil Station next to Tage Inn, off River Rd in Andover. Cars will be leaving from UMass Lowell's Cumnock Hall Visitor's Lot at 3:45PM. For more info, call Lenore Azaroff at (978) 934-2587.
6PM Boston SLAP: City-wide Student Activist Emergency Meeting on J4J
Northeastern Curry Student Center, Room 344
(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. COME MEET AND EAT PIZZA WITH FELLOW STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE CITY!
Tuesday, September 10
6:30AM: Spanish speakers needed to leaflet and speak with workers at Labor Ready, Chelsea
We'll be in Chelsea bright and early and Tuesday to inform the janitors of the struggle of their neighbors and fellow community members at the Labor Ready in Chelsea. Labor Ready, 106 4th Street, Chelsea
Wednesday, September 11
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.
Thursday, September 12
12PM - CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW RALLY
185 Franklin St., Post Office Sq., Downtown Boston
Show your solidarity as IBEW 2222 Business Manager Myles Calvey and IBEW 2222 members publicly pledge their support for the janitors in SEIU Local 615 this Thursday.
Weekend of Sept. 13 or 14
PSA for J4J contest. See www.bostonslap.org 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 contest on September 13 or 14 before celebrity judges for the chance of winning a $300 cash prize!
Visit www.massjwj.net for more information and frequent updates. When the strike starts, frequent updates will be available on the site and via email. Sign-up online!
Street addresses in comments? (english)
sage (nospam) riseup.net (unverified)
13 Sep 2002
Why does a street address show up in the last post from me? What the heck is up with that? I didn't type it in. Who put it there and can an IMC editor remove it? -Sage
Friday the 13th update (english)
(No verified email address)
13 Sep 2002
Friday, September 13, 2002
Check out our web-site for more information about these events, recent news
coverage, and to sign the online pledge: www.massjwj.net
*****PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!*****
Justice for Janitors : Strike Bulletin #7
“We went in with the message their behavior makes us sick…I had my arm
taped with medical tape and blood on my face.” Amanda Yanasak, Emerson
member, Student Labor Action Project, 9/13/02 Boston Herald
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
www.massjwj.net 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 over 200 people.
As you read here on Wednesday, yesterday, nine were arrested yesterday at
the Prudential Center for demanding Boston Properties support janitors’
demands for full health benefits! Seven students, one Emerson professor,
and a community supporter were arrested for allegedly trespassing and
disorderly conduct, and were freed on bail last night. This is just the
beginning - this kind of civil disobedience shows the community’s support
for real Justice for Janitors!
The union continues to prepare for a strike. They vow to continue to push
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). Community supporters
continue to prepare to do whatever it takes - from putting posters up in
their downtown office or neighborhood, to planning civil disobedience like
the kind the students led the way with yesterday, to talking to the
janitors in their buildings - so we need you! Join us Saturday and at next
week’s actions, and stay tuned for breaking news and escalating tactics
early next week!