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SEIU Protest For Janitor Rights, Jobs

Last updated on Tuesday, October 7, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Religious leaders and other activists are standing with 17 janitors who lost their jobs at a Downtown Indianapolis office building.

Matt Ryan, lead organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), says the building's owner, Amerimar Enterprises, canceled its contract with a union cleaning contractor. They've hired Executive Management Services instead, a company that has not signed the union agreement.

The SEIU won higher wages and health benefits for janitors in a city-wide contract agreement six months ago.

Ryan says the union plans to protest in support of the fired janitors and educate the building's tenants about the issue. There has been no comment yet from Amerimar Enterprises, the owner of the building.

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