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Janus Protest continues

Janus protest continues into its second week, going strong
Workers stood in front of Janus Youth Programs, at 707 NE Couch, from 9am to 11am, again today, starting off a second week of picketing. About 12 workers held sign, passed out fliers, sang classic labor songs and chanted -- "1, 2, 3, 4, we won't take this any more, 5, 6, 7, 8, we don't want to arbitrate." Workers at Streetlight/Porchlight and Harry's Mother shelters are being told by Janus management that they will not have their IWW union labor contracts signed unless they give up their demand to keep their peer review panel in cases where workers are fired and contest that firing. These panels have been in place for a decade, and have never cost Janus any money. In their place, Janus is proposing binding arbitration, which could easily cost $1500 a day, money that neither the volunteer-run IWW union nor the workers have. Workers see this as a way for management to pressure them into accepting either a fair wage or a fair contract, and workers are demanding both. The small pay raise Janus is offering is contingent on the workers giving up their demand to keep their peer review panel. Workers chanted, "Every day til we get our way!" and plan to stand every morning of each workday in front of Janus until their demands are met.

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