Union representatives and a group of San Diego janitors working in the largest office buildings in the county staged a demonstration in downtown May 22 attempting to drum up support as they continue to negotiate a new contract.
County janitors, who have been working without a contract since April 30, make an average of $8.30 hourly. Most of the workers are not provided any health care plan, said David Huerta, director of California Service Employees International Union Local 1877.
“We’re seeking wages that can lift these workers out of the poverty level, and health care coverage for all,” Huerta said.
The union represents some 1,600 janitors who work in San Diego’s downtown and suburban office buildings whose tenants are the largest corporations operating here, he said.
Huerta said he’ll be negotiating with about eight general contractors which manage the buildings for a single contract he can take back to workers by May 24.
If a contract cannot be negotiated by then, the union will likely call for a strike, Huerta said.
, Mike Allen