Twin Cities janitors strike deadline looms near

  • Article by: Dee DePass , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 22, 2013 - 9:46 PM

Twin Cities janitors are set to strike Sunday; security guards’ talks broke down Friday.

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wowjustwowFeb. 22, 13 9:55 PM

Oh no! How will we be able to find people who have the skill set to vacuum, empty trash, AND mop????? This is serious stuff people.

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jpcooperFeb. 22, 1310:51 PM

Its not a Strike! Its only a Strike if they are under contract which they are not! Its a walk out and they are putting their jobs at jeopardy as their employer could lose the building contracts with their customers! NO contracts no work no pay!

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jcinmnFeb. 23, 1312:24 AM

jpcooper "Its not a Strike! Its only a Strike if they are under contract which they are not! " A strike is a work stoppage. A lockout is a forced work stoppage. In a strike the building management has to get its hands dirty cleaning toilets and mopping floors if they want to keep their clients' business. Good luck finding 6,000 replacements for a group of people who don't have the same attitude towards unions that many of the posters here have.

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wowjustwowFeb. 23, 13 8:48 AM

6,000? No problem. I know of 18,500 former Hostess workers who would like a job.

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stolaf80Feb. 23, 13 9:20 AM

Their union, SEIU, supported Obamacare and helped get Obama re-elected. They are the architects of their own benefits and hours packages. They need to realize, as Obama has said, elections have consequences.

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Harry_PotterFeb. 23, 1310:08 AM

6,000!?! Really?? These are union jobs, so maybe more like 3,000 part timers who would get the work done in half the time!

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rickbmnFeb. 23, 1310:40 AM

SEIU- BIG union. Only a union could demand more when others are making due with less. Let them walk. Good luck finding another job in this economy. I used to clean buildings in downtown Mpls many years ago in the summers while in college...never expected that job was going to be the way I made a living, buy a house, and raise a family. Leave it to the unions.

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seiuthuggerzFeb. 23, 1312:02 PM

Very interesting that the article talks about the SEIU but does not mention the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL). Both of these organizations lobby for open borders and the continued flooding of the labor markets with the importation of cheap foreign workers which of course makes the union bosses more powerful but reduces wages/benefits for the rank and file.

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seiuthuggerzFeb. 23, 1312:04 PM

If the SEIU union bosses were really worried about job, wages and benefits for their rank and file they would stop lobbying the US Congress for confinued flooding of the US labor market with cheap foreign labor.

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cuddles56Feb. 23, 1312:22 PM

well while some of you cut these people down for the job they do, try walking in there shoes first. The people that berate them as demeaning jobs have no clue. You would be the type to drop it on the floor and say it's the janitor's job. Do you think that your shiny floors and clean bathrooms and etc. get that way by themselves? I can say I have 25 yrs. experience doing that job and more for a school district. Would you judge them that fast if your children's school look like a dumpster. I think not. Yes I raised 3 children, bought a home with my salary. Don't always jump to blame unions. These corporations get big bonuses and the best health care. They get that by cutting what they and some readers call the peons. Think about it.

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