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  • Paula Garfield
    Labor activists ask City Council to hold Casto accountable for living wage jobs
    In her work as an educator, Paula Garfield sees a connection between students' academic performance and the quality of their parents' jobs."How do you expect students to learn when they come to school hungry, and pass mandatory state...
  • Janitors, faith leaders call on Casto to support a living wage
    Janitors, faith leaders call on Casto to support a living wage
    Columbus janitors joined with faith and community leaders on Thursday for a rally in front of the Bicentennial Building to call on the Casto Corporation to support good jobs for the janitors who clean their buildings. Casto contracts with C&T...
  • Janitors and community supporters rally for good jobs at Columbia Gas building
    Janitors and community supporters rally for good jobs at Columbia Gas building
    As SEIU and other labor unions consider strategies for implementing a living wage at a municipal level in Chicago and elsewhere, in downtown Columbus the struggle is advancing one office building at a time. About 30 SEIU Local 1 janitors and...
  • Columbus janitors win 3-year contract
    Columbus janitors win 3-year contract
    Janitors who work in downtown Columbus office buildings have voted to ratify a new three-year contract with their employers, the Service Employees International Union(SEIU) announced yesterday in a press release. The contract, which goes into...
  • Janitors draw on faith traditions in labor struggle
    Janitors draw on faith traditions in labor struggle
    For many years, community activists have drawn on their faith roots for inspiration in their struggles for civil rights and economic justice. On November 8, janitors who are members of SEIU Local 1 held a prayer vigil outside the historic Lazarus...
  • 10 arrested as Columbus janitors' strike escalates
    10 arrested as Columbus janitors' strike escalates
    In the midst of an escalating labor dispute between Columbus janitors and cleaning contractors, 10 community supporters were arrested during the lunch hour today in an act of civil disobedience in the lobby of the Fifth Third Bank building...
  • Janitors' rally at Fifth Third Bank
    In janitor contract talks, ABM takes the lead in placing profits over people
    After promising negotiations between Columbus janitors and cleaning contractors ended a strike at the Lazarus building last week, contract talks broke down again on Monday when ABM Industries took the lead in refusing to support full-time, family...
  • Columbus janitors return to work after productive talks with management
    Columbus janitors return to work after productive talks with management
    After going on strike Tuesday, janitors who clean offices in the Lazarus building downtown returned to work last night. Productive talks at the bargaining table on Wednesday persuaded janitors to return to work in good faith that a fair agreement...
  • Janitors and supporters hold prayer vigil at Lazarus building
    Janitors and supporters hold prayer vigil at Lazarus building
    On Thursday August 29, members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church and other community supporters joined Columbus janitors for a prayer vigil outside the Lazarus building downtown. The janitors are engaged in a labor dispute with...
  • Columbus janitors authorize strike
    Columbus janitors authorize strike
    On Saturday afternoon, Columbus janitors voted to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike if it becomes necessary. This is the first time the janitors, who clean the majority of the commercial office space downtown, have authorized a...
  • Columbus janitors rally with Rep. John Patrick Carney, announce strike vote
    Columbus janitors rally with Rep. John Patrick Carney, announce strike vote
    On Monday afternoon, a rally drew nearly 100 janitors and community supporters, their largest protest yet outside the175 on the Parkbuilding downtown. The janitors, who work for the Columbus-basedCircle Building Servicesand other cleaning...
  • Janitors and community supporters rally for a living wage at 175 on the Park
    Janitors and community supporters rally for a living wage at 175 on the Park
    Each week since mid-May, service workers and community supporters have been picketing the 175 on the Park building in downtown Columbus, calling for a living wage and affordable health care for the janitors who work there."We want everybody...
  • Service workers call on Columbus business leaders for fair wages, health care
    Service workers call on Columbus business leaders for fair wages, health care
    About 75 security officers, janitors, and community members gatheredthis afternoon for a rally outside the Motorists Insurance building downtown. Workers, elected officials, and faith leaders called on Columbus business leaders to support better...
  • Columbus janitors and supporters rally for good jobs
    Columbus janitors and supporters rally for good jobs
    On Thursday afternoon, about 40 Columbus janitors and supporters rallied around the perimeter of the Ohio Statehouse to garner public support for their union contract negotiations, scheduled to begin on Monday.Members of the Service Employees...
  • National Custodial Workers Recognition Day
    National Custodial Workers Recognition Day
    How often do we take time out of our day to thank the hard working, often under-appreciated people who keep our offices, restaurants, classrooms and businesses clean and tidy? Oct. 2is National Custodial Workers Recognition Day, an annual &ldquo...
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