Friday, March 17, 2006

Janitors at NBC Studios Win Right to Join Union!

Janitors at NBC Studios Win Right to Join Union!
Agreement Major Victory in Campaign to Win Justice for Janitors in Entertainment Industry

A huge victory for janitors at NBC! The janitors who clean the NBC, CBS and KTLA studios have won an agreement that will allow them to choose to join thousands of other janitors across California as part of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1877.

Nearly a year ago, janitors from across Southern California launched a studio campaign to win improved standards for janitors in the entertainment industry as part of the Justice for Janitors campaign of SEIU Local 1877.

Facilities Support Services, the janitorial contractor that cleans NBC Studios, CBS Studios, KTLA and a number of smaller sites in the Los Angeles area, signed a card check neutrality agreement last week that allows its janitors to join Local 1877. The union currently represents more than 20,000 janitors statewide.

“For a long time, janitors in the entertainment industry had been ignored, forced to clean up after the rich and famous while living in poverty themselves,” said Mike Garcia, president of SEIU Local 1877. “Now, janitors in this industry are mobilizing and realizing that together they can win justice.”

In June of last year, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously (14-0) to call on Southern California’s entertainment industry to work to improve conditions for the janitors who clean their facilities.

“What janitors want is what anyone wants, decent wages and health insurance for ourselves and our families,” said Dora Posada, a janitor involved in the studios campaign. “It thrills me to see that change for the better is possible even when confronting the most powerful people in Hollywood.”

If a majority of janitors choose to join Local 1877, FSS will recognize Local 1877 as the janitors union and will begin negotiations on wages and benefits. Many janitors at NBC, CBS and KTLA have, until now, earned at or close to the minimum wage and received no health insurance. By contrast, most union janitors who clean similar facilities in Southern California earn more than $10/hour and receive full family medical benefits.

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