Posts tagged columbus

Posted 9 months ago

Columbus janitors vote to authorize a STRIKE!

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Today, Columbus janitors held an emergency meeting and voted to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike if necessary. Following their meeting, janitors announced the outcome of their vote to media and community supporters. Janitors were joined by elected leaders, including State Representative Tracy Heard.

Columbus janitors, who clean the majority of the commercial office space downtown, and cleaning contractors returned to the bargaining table on Monday, July 15th. Full-time Columbus janitors are currently paid just over $18,000 a year—well below the poverty level for a family.

Cleaning companies are still threatening to freeze wages for at least 2 years and to slash janitors’ hours. This would have a devastating effect on hundreds of working families in Columbus as janitors would not only lose access to health care, but up to half their income.

“We’re fighting for good jobs for ourselves and for the next generation,” says Dwayne Paige, a Columbus janitor and father. “I want my daughter to have a better future, and that’s not going to happen if wages for working people stay the same while everything else goes up.”

Today’s “yes” vote means that the janitors’ bargaining committee can call a strike if and when it becomes necessary. Janitors and representatives for cleaning contractors are scheduled to meet again on Monday, August 5th.

Posted 10 months ago

In case you missed it: Columbus janitors and community supporters held an area standards picket outside 175 S. Third Street, where employees of Circle Building Services are paid poverty wages and have no access to affordable health care.

Can you take 2 minutes to send an email to the building owner, Tiano & Associates Ltd., telling them to stand up for the janitors employed by Circle in their building?

Posted 10 months ago

Stand up for Janitors at 175 on the Park in Columbus!

On Friday, May 17th, about 50 Columbus janitors and community supporters held an area standards picket outside 175 S. Third Street, where employees of Circle Building Services are paid poverty wages and have no access to affordable health care.

Can you take 2 minutes to send an email to the building owner, Tiano & Associates Ltd., telling them to stand up for the janitors employed by Circle in their building?

Posted 11 months ago

Check out the new video!

Unemployment in Columbus is decreasing while poverty continues to rise. This is because more and more jobs do not pay a living wage.

Columbus service workers are coming together to change this. Janitors – who have now been without a contract for three months – are standing up for justice alongside security officers who protect our downtown buildings, and are organizing to bring good jobs to their communities.

Posted 11 months ago

Columbus janitors, security officers and community members rallied on Monday to call on business leaders to do right by working people! Janitors – who have now been without a contract for three months – are standing up for justice alongside security officers who protect our downtown buildings and are organizing to bring good jobs to their communities.

Posted 1 year ago

Tell Cleaning Contractors: Cincinnati and Columbus Janitors need their health care

Cleaning contractors have demanded a two wage freeze followed by a mere 10-cent raise for janitors, in addition to increases in health care costs and the right to cut janitors’ hours at any time. This would have a devastating effect on hundreds of working families in Ohio as janitors would not only lose access to health care, but up to half their income.

The Guardian has just released an article detailing how some companies are trying to circumvent the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by cutting employees’ hours. Will you take a minute to send an email to cleaning contractors in Cincinnati and Columbus telling them to preserve janitors’ access to health care and pay a living wage?

Posted 1 year ago

Columbus janitors held a prayer vigil downtown yesterday! They joined with local clergy to pray for justice for working families.

Full-time Columbus janitors are on average paid just $18,200 a year - and we know our city can do better. Right now, janitors are in the process of bargaining a new union contract to secure fair wages, full time work, and affordable healthcare. There’s a lot at stake: The concentrated poverty rate in Columbus has nearly doubled since 2000, and this can be attributed in large part to the proliferation of low wage, no-benefit jobs.

Posted 1 year ago

Last week, Columbus janitors took to the streets to demand a fair contract. This Monday, they return to the table to negotiate with the cleaning contractors who have demanded a wage freeze for janitors for the next three years, in addition to increases in health care costs and the right to cut janitors’ hours at any time.

Stand with the janitors by sending an email to cleaning contractors, telling them that you stand with Columbus’ working families.

Posted 1 year ago

Send an email to Columbus cleaning contractors to stand with our janitors!

Columbus janitors return to bargaining on March 18, and they need us to stand with them. On average, despite their hard work, Columbus janitors are paid less than $18,200 a year —below the poverty level and not nearly enough to support a family.

But Columbus cleaning contractors have demanded a wage freeze for janitors for the next three years, in addition to increases in health care costs and the right to cut janitors’ hours at any time. Will you take a minute to send an email to cleaning contractors in Columbus asking them to support good jobs for janitors?

Posted 1 year ago

Columbus janitors rallied and marched across downtown today as they prepare to resume contract bargaining on March 18th. Columbus cleaning contractors have demanded a wage freeze for janitors for the next three years, in addition to increases in health care costs and the right to cut janitors’ hours at any time. Janitors are standing up, though, and are fighting for good jobs for families across Columbus.

Check out more photos from the march here!