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Justice-for-Janitors


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Is the slogan of the successful union organizing campaign directed at office janitorial staff by the US Service Employees' International Union (SEIU). The campaign began in Los Angeles in the late 1980s but has since spread to other US cities and has proved effective in securing collective bargaining for many low-wage, service-sector employees. The campaign was targeted mainly at recent Latino immigrants and it used innovative organizing tactics that included street theatre and protests, alliances with community organizations, and exerting pressure up the supply-chain to the large firms that were hiring the cleaning companies that directly employed the janitors. Justice-for-Janitors has provided a model for union organizing activity not just in the USA but elsewhere and was dramatized in Ken Loach's feature film, Bread and Roses. [See social movement unionism.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.


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