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Labor Federation Grants Statewide Strike Sanction to Janitors


SEIU-USWW Media Contact: Stephen Boardman, (510) 424-3269, stephen.boardman@seiu-usww.org
Labor Fed Media Contact: Caitlin Vega, (916) 402-6450, caitlin@calaborfed.org

Labor Federation Grants Statewide Strike Sanction to Janitors Union
Master Agreements for 20,000 janitorial members covered by Southern California and Northern California Maintenance Contractors Agreements Expire Today

Sacramento, CA – (Tuesday, April 30, 2024) – With master agreements expiring today, the Labor Movement is mobilizing to support the janitors across California in winning a fair contract. 22,000 janitors, working for dozens of private sector janitorial service contractors, including employers such as ABM, Able, and SBM Cleaning, could go on strike if their demands are not met.

With the granting of official strike sanction, the SEIU-USWW janitors now have the support of all 1,300 affiliate unions and 2.3 million members that belong to the California Labor Federation. These janitors primarily work in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Yolo, and Placer. A strike could potentially impact operations around the state as unionized workers decline to cross sanctioned picket lines to make deliveries or remove trash from struck buildings or perform other services as direct employees at the struck worksites.

“Our janitors work so hard every day to provide all of us with a safe and clean workplace. Unsafe workloads mean that many janitors are injured on the job and low wages make it hard to provide for their families. There is no question that every California worker stands with janitors in the fight for a fair contract,” said Lorena Gonzalez, Chief Officer of the California Labor Federation. “We call on the janitorial contractors to honor the hard work and agree to a fair contract with protections from abusive workloads. If they don’t, we will be out on the picket line with USWW members.”

The California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO represents over 1,300 affiliated unions in California with over 2.3 million union members in trucking, retail, hospitality, janitorial, construction, health care, local and state government, education, arts and entertainment, warehousing and logistics, manufacturing, and a variety of other sectors.


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