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