18, 2005 Volume
106 Number 4
Strike at Servicemaster Swan Island
Janitors working in two high-rises owned by downtown developer Melvin ‘Pete’ Mark struck for four days beginning Feb. 2 in protest against cleaning company Servicemaster Swan Island, alleging intimidation, coercion and being forced to work off-the-clock. The struck buildings were Robert Duncan Plaza and Columbia Square office tower at 111 SW Columbia. The striking janitors don’t yet have union recognition; SEIU Local 49, which represents over 2,000 janitors in downtown office buildings, is collecting union authorization cards and plans to press the company for voluntarily recognition. Servicemaster striker Jason Barber, left, said he wants a union for the better wages.
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