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Janitors Protest Sweatshop Conditions -- Intel in Hillsboro

WHAT: Janitors' National Day of Protest against SBM
WHEN: Thursday, July 15, 2004 at noon
WHERE: NE Elam Young Pkwy and Belknap Ct. Hillsboro, OR
Or meet 11 am at Local 49, 3536 - 26th Ave SE Portland
SEIU PRESS RELEASE
CONTACT: Secky Fascione (206) 954-4677
Robyn Steely (503) 789-2054

**Media Advisory for Thursday, July 15, 2004**


Janitors Protest Sweatshop Conditions Across Country

Western United States - On Thursday, July 15th, hundreds of janitors will be joined by political and community leaders across the country in a National Day of Action. They will protest against SBM (Somers Building Maintenance) and demand that the cleaning company end sweatshop working conditions and lack of affordable family health care at Amgen, Intel, Boeing, Safeco, Ball, Ratheon, Sun, & Seagate. Locally, janitors will protest SBM at the SBM headquarters.

SBM conditions at Amgen, Intel, Boeing, Safeco, Ball, Ratheon, Sun, & Seagate are deplorable. Health and safety regulations are routinely ignored with janitors often hurt on the job and then forced to work through their injuries. Full time janitors are paid as little as $1,000 net per month with family health care "offered" at a prohibitive cost as much as $540 per month.

On July 15th, the protestors will demand that SBM clean up its act and live up to Portland area standards. Downtown Portland's responsible union cleaning companies pay janitors $9.85 per hour, provide no-cost employee-only health care, create safe working conditions, follow the law, and respect janitors' freedom to stand up for these things by forming a union.

WHAT: Janitors' National Day of Protest against SBM

WHEN: Thursday, July 15, 2004 at noon

WHERE: NE Elam Young Pkwy and Belknap Ct. Hillsboro, OR
Or meet 11 am at Local 49, 3536 - 26th Ave SE Portland

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there's a difference 14.Jul.2004 10:05

eye witness

First off, i don't know about the pay, or the benefits, but i work at an intel facility (most of them actually) and all though i respect workers rights and the plight of these (most are recent) immigrents, i can say with all certainty that they DO NOT work under sweat shop conditions!!! not by far, and to insinuate that they do only takes away from the people who are working under those conditions. We have to stop crying wolf, its why the movement loses so much credibility. I am not a huge fan of intel, but know for an absolute fact that the conditions are as safe as any job can be. trust me that they go buck willy for safety. there are real stories of sweat shops, leave that term to them.
BUSH out NOW