Meet Olga Morales, one of over a thousand Los Angeles janitors who marched for fair wages, access to affordable health care, and a chance to achieve the American Dream today in Century City. Claiming to have been fired from Pegasus Building Services because she joined the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Olga explained, “I’m a cancer patient, I don’t have no medicine, I don’t have no nothing.” She went on to describe her current crisis: “Me and my son were fired because we joined the union, so I’m probably going to be evicted from my apartment. We don’t have no income right now.” Olga told me that she hopes they win, because she needs her medicine. More info and tons of pics after the jump.
From the SEIU press releases: “The event brings largely immigrant janitors back to the site where peacefully demonstrating janitors and their supporters were savagely beat by members of the LAPD in 1990, the tragic events that sparked ‘International Justice for Janitors Day.’ The Century City demonstration is one of four taking place across the state, with thousands of janitors and property service workers also marching in Orange County, San Diego, Palo Alto, Calif. — as well as Houston, Chicago, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and cities around the world.
In 2008, 20,000 low-wage janitors, members of SEIU, will be negotiating a new contract to win decent wages, a better future for their children, including over seven thousand in Los Angeles. Pegasus Building Services employees apparently earn just over $1300 a month and have no access to affordable health benefits. You can call Pegasus Building Services and tell them that hard-working families in Los Angeles deserve better:
Judith Becker, Pegasus Building Services: (562) 961-1998”
The march was well organized and peaceful. Protesters arrived in yellow school busses, rallied, and then marched.