Commemorating 25th Anniversary of “Justice for Janitors” Strike Workers Renew Effort to Fight Poverty in Marches Across California Thursday; Focus on Halting Wage Theft CALIFORNIA – Thousands of workers across the state will rally to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Justice for Janitors Day” and renew their united fight with a focus on curbing wage theft that steals the American Dream from workers in low-wage jobs.
In California, janitors are leading the fight against wage theft, a widespread practice by which unscrupulous employers undercut wages by paying workers for fewer hours than they actually work, pay less than the minimum wage, refuse to pay overtime as required by law, or misclassify workers as contractors. Although federal, state and local laws prohibit such abuses, enforcement of critical labor laws lacks teeth, and few workers are able to recover any of their back pay even with a court ordered judgment in their favor. Workers are leading the way to toughen enforcement at all levels, with recent victories in Los Angeles and Santa Clara County, and SB 588 (De León), The Fair Day’s Pay Act, is now being considered in the State Assembly.
The week of June 15 commemorates the day that became a flashpoint for one of the most successful underpaid worker campaigns in recent history and brought the Justice for Janitors movement onto the national scene. What started as a peaceful worker protest ended with janitors being beaten by Los Angeles police officers. Janitors across the country are engaged in the largest private-sector organizing initiative in the country. Chicago and Cleveland won historic contracts earlier this year.
Events Across California
Janitors across the state will join their brothers and sisters in more than 30 cities across the country to hold commemorative actions and renew their commitment to wage justice for working families. The following rallies will take place in California this Thursday, June 18:Los Angeles 12 Noon Roxbury Park at Roxbury Dr. and Olympic Blvd. Century City Contact: Refugio Mata (805) 428-4075; firstname.lastname@example.org Orange County 12 Noon 2601 Main St. Contact: Marisol Rivera (714) 448-5378; email@example.com San Diego 12 Noon 750 B Street San Diego Contact: Genoveva Aguilar (619) 249-9597; firstname.lastname@example.org Sacramento 11 AM 300 Capitol Mall Sacramento Contact: Lino Pedres (916) 275-2039; email@example.com Santa Clara 12 Noon 3979 Freedom Circle Santa Clara Contact: Melissa Chadburn (213) 434-2929; firstname.lastname@example.org