SEIU janitors, guards authorize strike

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2013 - 5:31 PM

SEIU union members voted to allow negotiators to call a strike if contract agreements aren't reached. More talks are scheduled.

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greg62Feb. 9, 13 3:42 PM

The SEIU really needs to be abolished. I'm tired of these unions whining about everything. Get educated and find a different job if you don't like it.

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mishugi300Feb. 9, 13 4:11 PM

Good for these guys! How awful that people cleaning and guarding the offices of multi-billion dollar corporations are now paid a living wage. If we've learned anything in this economic downturn its that unions matter! Over the past 25 years we've seen union membership decline in a major way, and at the same time, we've watched middle class wages fall and the gap between rich and poor widen. Workers are not going to get a fair deal unless they are able to organize and demand it. And for all those middle class people who complain about unions: How do you think your parents and grandparents were able to move up in society? Unions! Public Schools! Progressive social policy!

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wowjustwowFeb. 9, 13 4:21 PM

Maybe they should have gotten a better education and they could have applied at these offices.

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wowjustwowFeb. 9, 13 4:24 PM

mishug, What an astute observation. We can only hope their strike goes as well as it did for those 18,500 Hostess workers. Say, are you an economist?

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thisislameFeb. 9, 13 4:27 PM

There are plenty of people in this country that have nothing and these people want more. I am guessing the people striking are the first to complain about losing their jobs to immigrants. Not the economy to bet everything on a small prize.

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Herman MunsterFeb. 9, 13 4:34 PM

We are talking about unskilled labor, they bring virtually no skills to their positions and their outcomes are dictated almost entirely by their work ethic. Since we are talking about unionized workers, I can pretty easily assume that their work ethic is underdeveloped. So the employers hire some non-unionized unskilled labor to replace them on a temporary basis. What is the problem?

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greg62Feb. 9, 13 4:42 PM

When I was a college student I did part time janitorial work. Shouldn't entry level low skill/no education jobs like this be set aside for students, retired people trying to earn a few extra bucks, and welfare recipients trying to learn responsibility? Unions demanding that these low skill jobs pay high wages and benefits to the point of making them attractive to raise families on is insane. It's hard enough for students to find part time work the way it is.

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wowjustwowFeb. 9, 13 4:56 PM

On another note, how in the World will these businesses locate someone with the skill set to vacuum, mop, and take out the trash?

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jpcooperFeb. 9, 13 5:15 PM

contract maintenance firms for buildings such as Target Corp., Wells Fargo Center, Medtronic and U.S. Bancorp Bank Plaza

The employes that are threatening to strike do not work for any of the companies listed above and in the article. They work for "Contract cleaning" companies. I guarantee you the big companies will get their facilities cleaned, it just will not be by the companies with striking employees. I will bet there is language in the contract that if their is a Union work stoppage the contract can be terminated!

These workers will end up putting their employers out of business! BTW they legally cannot picket a Target or Bank location since they are not employed by those companies!

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theagonybhoFeb. 9, 13 5:15 PM

Security jobs and janitorial jobs were never intended to run households, if they want a better job get an education and make more money. Tough to run a business when the unskilled union labor costs climb to that of the office workers. Ask Hostess and Crystal sugar how that all worked out.

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