Voted to Authorize Strike to Communicate Seriousness in Negotiations
DENVER – On June 15, 2016, more than 700 janitors and supporters holding large brooms and mops high marched and then voted to authorize a strike during the busy downtown lunchtime, sending a message to building owners and cleaning companies that they are serious about achieving a path to $15/hour in their new contract that is currently under negotiations.The master contract covering more than 2,400 janitors with 27 cleaning companies operating 180 buildings around metro Denver expires on July 2.
Janitors voted to authorize a strike, holding red “strike” cards over their heads, empowering the leaders to call a strike when the current contract expires should it become necessary.
“I do my part by working all night so that the office workers at Denver Financial have a clean, pleasant workplace but even so, I can barely afford even the basics for my family,” said Angeles Oñate, a janitor for CCS. “Working full-time, shouldn’t I be able to afford a roof over my head and food on the table for my kids?”