SEIU Local 1 janitors want $15 an hour, holding rally in downtown Cleveland today

Out-of-state support is expected to participate in the event.

SEIU Local 1 janitors want $15 an hour, holding rally in downtown Cleveland today

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - SEIU Local 1 janitors are holding a rally in downtown Cleveland at 12:30 p.m. near the Playhouse Square chandelier at the intersection of Euclid Ave. and E 14th St.

Workers are fighting for a $15 an hour wage.

Supporters from Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Portland are expected to participate.

The workers believe economic injustice is at play in the city.

They said developers and corporations are walking away with millions of dollars and subsidies to bolster the downtown while the communities in which they live are starving for investments.

The union recently detailed their arguments in their Tale of Two Clevelands report.

April 4, the labor union took a tour of the city to illustrate their points.

SEIU LOCAL 1 janitors in Cleveland are fighting for a $15 an hour wage. They say economic injustice is at play in the...

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The union said janitors on average are making about $23,000 a year which is near the federal poverty line for a family of four.

They said it’s full-time work, yet many employees are still eligible for food stamps and public housing while playing a vital role to the health and overall look of key buildings and areas in the heart of the city.

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