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Janitors Walk Off the Job in SF for COVID Protections and More
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
After months of contract negotiations broke down, over 700 janitors represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) walked off the job on March 24th. This was the start of three-day strike for improved COVID protections and other working conditions.
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Photos by Terry Scussel, ProBonoPhoto.org and
Steve Disenhof, ProBonoPhoto.org
Please credit the photographer as noted. Top photo by Steve Disenhof.

Protesters at the start of a labor strike spoke out and hoisted protest signs in front of Salesforce Tower on Wednesday.

Many companies in the immediate vicinity contract with custodians through facility management firms including Able Services. The list of those companies reads like a Wall Street Journal report on Silicon Valley successes: Twitter, AirBnB, Facebook, Amazon and more.

At least 26 workers have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began according to SEIU Local 87 members. With work-from-home becoming the new normal for many, over 3,000 janitors have been laid off. Those who remain at work in buildings need better ventilation and protective gear. Janitors, largely immigrant women, need better sexual harassment protections too.

It goes without saying that sick pay is a key issue during the pandemic. While those who have work-from-home jobs get to stay in relative safety, on-the-job janitors have continued to labor in environments that are often dangerous.

Striking laborers wore matching t-shirts to display solidarity for their cause. After speakers and chants they marched side by side, masked up yet one in spirit, temporarily closing some of the streets of the city.


§I smell a rat
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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photo by Terry Scussel
§ULP
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Terry Scussel
§SEIU banner
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Terry Scussel
§Unions, America's Pride
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
§At the mic 1
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
§At the mic 2
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
§Essential Workers
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
§AFT
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
§My union contract
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
§Sheet Metal Workers
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
§March
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
§March
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
§March
by Solidarity Forever
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 1:51 AM
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Photo by Steve Disenhof
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