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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1995 | MARILYN MARTINEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the deadline for a threatened strike just over an hour away, janitors who clean many of Los Angeles' high-rises and commercial buildings tentatively agreed to a contract Monday that ends a four-month campaign for better wages and health benefits.
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May 8, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Rosa Ayala has been arrested seven times, endured three hunger strikes and marched in so many protests, she long ago lost track. As the 67-year-old janitor was interviewed for an oral history project on Saturday, she sat proudly in a chair dressed from head to toe in her union's symbolic red and told her story. "I fight for our union's cause because it comes from deep inside of me," she said, an audio recorder a few inches away. "We will never be satisfied until we have respect and fair wages.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1998 | VANESSA HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beating drums, thumping tambourines and rattling soda cans, about 150 janitors and their supporters demonstrated Wednesday outside three downtown Los Angeles buildings, protesting what they described as heavy workloads and layoffs. The janitors, who belong to the Service Employees International Union, marched for about an hour, chanting, "Unete a la lucha" (Spanish for "Join the struggle").
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1999 | NANCY CLEELAND, Nancy Cleeland covers labor for The Times
Evening comes, and the mostly white, well-educated, relatively well-off workers file out of downtown office towers. It's time for the second shift--mostly immigrant, Spanish-speaking, poor. They empty the trash, scrub the toilets, wash the windows: an army of uniformed janitors, ubiquitous yet unseen, pushing buckets, mops and brooms through the background of Los Angeles. Unlikely movie stars, indeed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Rosa Ayala has been arrested seven times, endured three hunger strikes and marched in so many protests, she long ago lost track. As the 67-year-old janitor was interviewed for an oral history project on Saturday, she sat proudly in a chair dressed from head to toe in her union's symbolic red and told her story. "I fight for our union's cause because it comes from deep inside of me," she said, an audio recorder a few inches away. "We will never be satisfied until we have respect and fair wages.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1999 | NANCY CLEELAND, Nancy Cleeland covers labor for The Times
Evening comes, and the mostly white, well-educated, relatively well-off workers file out of downtown office towers. It's time for the second shift--mostly immigrant, Spanish-speaking, poor. They empty the trash, scrub the toilets, wash the windows: an army of uniformed janitors, ubiquitous yet unseen, pushing buckets, mops and brooms through the background of Los Angeles. Unlikely movie stars, indeed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2000
Re "Let's Take Care of Our Have-Nots" (Orange County Perspective, Oct. 8): It was nice to read in your editorial that the Sisters of St. Joseph in Orange are concerned about "justice for janitors." I guess the obvious question is why the good sisters will not allow organized labor to work in their own hospital. MIKE MANG Corona del Mar
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Four local leaders of the Justice for Janitors movement were awarded a $130,000 Ford Foundation grant, the organization announced Friday. Delores Martinez, Kamilo Rivera, Marisela Salinas and Rafael Ventura, all of whom live in Los Angeles, are leaders of Service Employees International Union Local 1877. They negotiated a 25% wage increase over three years for local janitors. The four leaders led a successful campaign to unionize fellow building-service workers in Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1990
Representatives of 113 janitors employed by a major cleaning company at nine Century City office buildings said at a demonstration Thursday that they have authorized the Service Employees International Union to call a strike if the cleaning firm does not recognize the union as the bargaining agent for the janitors. The union's national "Justice for Janitors" campaign has won union recognition for janitors at a number of office buildings in downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1988
The Service Employees International Union filed suit Wednesday against a Los Angeles cleaning company, asserting that the company was operating under two names in an attempt to avoid paying union wages and benefits. The federal court suit is the latest move by the union in its "Justice for Janitors" campaign, which has featured a number of demonstrations in Los Angeles and other cities around the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1998 | VANESSA HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beating drums, thumping tambourines and rattling soda cans, about 150 janitors and their supporters demonstrated Wednesday outside three downtown Los Angeles buildings, protesting what they described as heavy workloads and layoffs. The janitors, who belong to the Service Employees International Union, marched for about an hour, chanting, "Unete a la lucha" (Spanish for "Join the struggle").
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1995 | MARILYN MARTINEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the deadline for a threatened strike just over an hour away, janitors who clean many of Los Angeles' high-rises and commercial buildings tentatively agreed to a contract Monday that ends a four-month campaign for better wages and health benefits.
BUSINESS
June 16, 1999 | NANCY CLEELAND
More than a decade ago, Los Angeles janitors took to the streets and helped change the way unions organize. On Thursday, the Justice for Janitors campaign returns to those same streets, this time targeting commercial building owners as janitors demand wages that will lift them into the middle class.
NEWS
June 18, 1995 | SUSAN STEINBERG
Demonstrators from a union of janitors marched on Beverly Hills City Hall on Thursday, protesting the city's arrest and prosecution of 49 supporters of the labor organization three months ago. About 125 members and supporters of Justice for Janitors took part in the peaceful protest, marching down Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard to present the "dishonorable mention" award to City Hall administrators, naming Beverly Hills an "Enemy of Justice." Los Angeles Dist. Atty.
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