What the janitors did 25 years ago set the stage for the modern movement for $15 an hour and union rights.
Join us to make history again. Thursday, June 18 marches across the state:
Starts at noon. Roxbury Park at Roxbury Dr. and Olympic Blvd, Century City.
Starts at noon. 2601 Main St., Irvine.
Starts at noon. 750 B Street, San Diego.
Starts at 11 a.m. 300 Capitol Mall, Sacramento.
Starts at noon. 3979 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara.
It was 25 years ago that janitors started to fight for what’s right by coming together in a union. As recently as 1990, a group of janitors in Los Angeles earned $4.25 and dared to imagine lifting their pay and lifting their families out of poverty.
These mostly Latino janitors marched together in Century City, sparking an emblematic wave of “Justice for Janitors” protests. The unprecedented, strong show of solidarity for janitors in Los Angeles was completely peaceful. But suddenly, the police brutally clubbed them. Images of the attack circulated around the world, galvanizing public opinion. Janitors and their supporters stood strong, eventually securing good jobs that not only provide regular raises, but full family health care, paid sick days, paid vacation and regular work schedules.
Join us to make history with us again. This year’s march will focus on our current fight against wage theft. Every week, workers in low-wage industries take home paychecks that fall far short of what they need to provide the basics of food and shelter for their families. Saving for college or retirement is an impossible dream.
The recent approval of SB 588 in the State Senate addressing wage theft is galvanizing momentum across the state. Wage theft affects black, brown, undocumented, and other vulnerable workers the most. That is why we will be hitting the streets on Justice for Janitors Week.
Join us! Se Puede?!
PS can’t wait for June 18? You can join us for our vigils across the state that we’ll have before our big day on June 18. Here’s the list of #JanitorsDayJubilee candle light vigils we’ll host:
Monday, June 15:
- Los Angeles: 2029 Avenue of the Stars, Century City 90067 (by the Century Plaza Towers) 10 p.m.
- Orange County: 18300 Von Karman, Irvine 10 p.m.
- San Diego: 1103 3rd Avenue, San Diego 10 p.m.