Janitors Say “Ya Basta!” “Enough!” to Hazardous Working Conditions, Poverty Wages, and Abuses Ranging From Wage Theft to Sexual Harassment and Assault
From Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, janitors poured through the streets to launch a series of “Ya Basta!” actions across the state in prominent business districts and community spaces. The janitorial industry has gone off the rails with abuses, including sexual harassment and assault, as documented in PBS’s Frontline Special “Rape on the Nightshift.”
Immigrant women janitors are disproportionately impacted by abuse and discrimination, often working isolated and alone on the night shift in the buildings of some of the wealthiest businesses. Tired of being the target of harassment, janitors will protest abuses, economic exploitation, and a hostile political environment against immigrants that make social inequities among our local communities even worse.
The protests coincide with SEIU USWW’s first week of contract talks with property maintenance contractor companies that service businesses across California.