The union expects the gathering to be the largest yet in its campaign for "Justice for Janitors." Members of other unions and friends of labor are invited.
The rally will start at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, outside the Hennepin County Government Center, corner of 5th St. S. and 4th Ave. S. The Government Center is one of the many downtown buildings cleaned by union janitors.
"The cleaning companies in Minnesota want to make huge profits and leave our families without health insurance," the union said in announcing the event. Another issue in bargaining is the need to convert part-time janitorial jobs to full-time ones.
On Jan. 13 -- after employers had walked away from bargaining -- union members voted to authorize a strike and began preparations. The contractors, through a federal mediator, then asked to resume negotiations. Bargaining is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the union said.
Service Employees International Union Local 26 represents 4,200 janitors who clean office buildings throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
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