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Labor March Protests Janitorial Layoffs

By David Markland
Published: Friday, November 19, 2010, at 03:04PM
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Around 150 union members marched from Bank of America Plaza to 7th and Fig this afternoon protesting the layoff of ten workers. The noisy march drew the attention of passerby and security along the route as marchers banged drums and shouted with the help of megaphones.

Enrique Gaspar, a Senior Organizer with SEIU who coordinated the march, said the dispute was with Able Maintenance, a contractor handling janitorial and maintenance service for three Downtown buildings owned by Brookfield Properties.

According to Gaspar, ten janitors were layed off on November 1st, the same day the union was given notice of the work reduction. "The problem is that there a process" to the layoff process, Gaspar said, "and the company did not follow the process."

Gaspar said that 110 janitors who are SEIU members work between the buildings at Bank of America Plaza (333 Hope), Figueroa at Wilshire (601 Figueroa), and Ernst & Young Plaza (725 Figueroa), also the location of 7th & Fig.

Gaspar added, "If they put back four workers we'll be okay with that."

Messages left with Able Maintenance were not immediately returned.

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