SEIU president Andy Stern to join hunger strikers in Miami

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Janitors at the University of Miami, working for UNICCO, have been working on unionizing efforts for a while now; things devolved recently, and there's now more than a dozen people on Day 17 of a hunger strike. And, as of this afternoon, SEIU president Andy Stern is joining the fast for the duration of the weekend. More from the YesWeCane site:

The more than a dozen UNICCO janitors and students are in the third week of their fast to protest UNICCO’s actions. They are calling on University of Miami President and former Clinton Administration official Donna Shalala to stop protecting the company she hired to clean the university and tell UNICCO to end its poor treatment of the workers and allow them to form a union with SEIU free of intimidation and coercion.


UNICCO’s response to UM janitors’ effort to win safer workplaces and better jobs by forming a union with SEIU has been an unprecedented crackdown on janitors’ civil rights. Over the past 8 months UNICCO has threatened, fired, spied on, and coerced workers they suspect of supporting the union, frequently targeting leaders for reprisals.

University of Miami president Donna Shalala has dropped the ball completely in the case of the janitors by refusing to get involved and end the strike. Check out this PDF of an ad that SEIU created to send a personal message to Shalala: "Will you stand with the working poor?"

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