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December 30, 1988 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA, Times Staff Writer
It took Edwin Osorio two months to find a job when he came to Los Angeles from El Salvador this summer. The trouble was, he says, the job didn't pay anything. It was a training program: 40 hours of janitorial work a week for five weeks, at the end of which he was supposed to be hired as a regular janitor. When his supervisor demanded $150 out of his first paycheck to continue in the job, Osorio said he couldn't afford it and refused. He was fired, he said.
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January 13, 2001 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unprecedented union vote in Orange County, hundreds of janitors will be casting ballots today on a contract proposal that would for the first time provide them raises and paid time off for vacations, holidays and sick days. But the proposed wages and benefits, negotiated speedily in the wake of the aggressive Justice for Janitors campaign last year in Los Angeles, fall short of what their peers in L.A. County have.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Striking janitors observed a ritual Passover feast Wednesday in Encino to symbolize their struggle against economic injustice and oppressive working conditions, organizers said. In the hours before the eight-day Passover holiday began at sundown, Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs of Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills led janitors in the ritual meal and compared their strike to the Hebrews' exodus from Egypt.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2001 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The aggressive labor campaign that won better wages and benefits for janitors in Los Angeles led to a tentative agreement late Wednesday with five companies that provide about 70% of the janitors for Orange County office buildings. The contract, which still must be approved by some 3,000 members who joined the Justice for Janitors union in November, would be the first for janitors in the county. The tentative pact was reached after months of picketing, organizing and negotiating.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2001 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The aggressive labor campaign that won better wages and benefits for janitors in Los Angeles led to a tentative agreement late Wednesday with five companies that provide about 70% of the janitors for Orange County office buildings. The contract, which still must be approved by some 3,000 members who joined the Justice for Janitors union in November, would be the first for janitors in the county. The tentative pact was reached after months of picketing, organizing and negotiating.
BUSINESS
August 15, 1989 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
America's working poor are getting poorer, and evidence of that sad fact is apparent after dark in many of the nation's most lavish office buildings. That's when crews made up primarily of Latinos, immigrants and blacks--most of them women--clean the steadily increasing supply of those expensive, handsomely furnished buildings. A just-released UCLA study showed, for instance, that the wages of the typical janitor were $4.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waving red strike cards and chanting defiantly, about 3,000 Los Angeles janitors overwhelmingly rejected a final contract offer and vowed to walk off the job at a highly charged two-hour rally Monday. Organizers with the Service Employees International Union said they would start with a series of strategic strikes, building through the week to a walkout on Friday by all 8,500 unionized janitors.
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April 1, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade ago Los Angeles janitors led a national labor renaissance, proving through fearless, in-your-face street actions that unions could indeed be relevant to an outsourced, low-wage, immigrant work force. Now comes Round 2. The red T-shirts are back, stamped with the defiant Justice for Janitors logo of raised fists and brooms. Strike signs are stacked by the hundreds in the corners of union offices.
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August 19, 1993 | SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Union organizer Ana Navarette often begins her sales pitch in a company's restroom, free from security cameras. After sneaking past guards, she spends hours hiding in a toilet stall until--around midnight--the roar of vacuum cleaners in the hallway signals that it is time to spring out and launch her appeal to the janitors she is trying to organize. Today's battleground, however, is a parking lot. The target: Mattel Inc. in El Segundo. "I'm calling the police!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Striking janitors ratcheted up their offensive Tuesday on Day 2 of a countywide strike, with marches tying up downtown Los Angeles traffic during the morning commute and lunch hour, and pickets going up in front of Burbank and Glendale high-rises. County supervisors voted 3 to 2 to support the strikers Tuesday morning, and urged building owners who contract for janitorial services to intervene. The Los Angeles City Council passed a similar resolution last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Striking janitors observed a ritual Passover feast Wednesday in Encino to symbolize their struggle against economic injustice and oppressive working conditions, organizers said. In the hours before the eight-day Passover holiday began at sundown, Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs of Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills led janitors in the ritual meal and compared their strike to the Hebrews' exodus from Egypt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND and PETER HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Janitors escalated their strike actions Friday with a boisterous all-day march along Wilshire Boulevard, from the crowded immigrant neighborhoods west of downtown Los Angeles to the luxury office towers of Century City. The 10-mile march, which marked the end of the strike's first week, drew more than 2,500 red-shirted, chanting strikers, a dozen state and local political leaders, and a mop-toting Jesse Jackson. It ended with an evening rally at the Century Plaza office towers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Striking janitors ratcheted up their offensive Tuesday on Day 2 of a countywide strike, with marches tying up downtown Los Angeles traffic during the morning commute and lunch hour, and pickets going up in front of Burbank and Glendale high-rises. County supervisors voted 3 to 2 to support the strikers Tuesday morning, and urged building owners who contract for janitorial services to intervene. The Los Angeles City Council passed a similar resolution last week.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waving red strike cards and chanting defiantly, about 3,000 Los Angeles janitors overwhelmingly rejected a final contract offer and vowed to walk off the job at a highly charged two-hour rally Monday. Organizers with the Service Employees International Union said they would start with a series of strategic strikes, building through the week to a walkout on Friday by all 8,500 unionized janitors.
NEWS
April 1, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade ago Los Angeles janitors led a national labor renaissance, proving through fearless, in-your-face street actions that unions could indeed be relevant to an outsourced, low-wage, immigrant work force. Now comes Round 2. The red T-shirts are back, stamped with the defiant Justice for Janitors logo of raised fists and brooms. Strike signs are stacked by the hundreds in the corners of union offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 500 janitors from all across Los Angeles took to the streets Downtown on Tuesday to protest differing wage rates throughout the area. The workers, who walked peacefully from 7th Street up Figueroa Street to 3rd and Hope streets, said they want to establish a set wage for all janitorial workers from Downtown offices to the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 500 janitors from all across Los Angeles took to the streets Downtown on Tuesday to protest differing wage rates throughout the area. The workers, who walked peacefully from 7th Street up Figueroa Street to 3rd and Hope streets, said they want to establish a set wage for all janitorial workers from Downtown offices to the San Fernando Valley.
NEWS
August 19, 1993 | SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Union organizer Ana Navarette often begins her sales pitch in a company's restroom, free from security cameras. After sneaking past guards, she spends hours hiding in a toilet stall until--around midnight--the roar of vacuum cleaners in the hallway signals that it is time to spring out and launch her appeal to the janitors she is trying to organize. Today's battleground, however, is a parking lot. The target: Mattel Inc. in El Segundo. "I'm calling the police!"
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