Janitor Union Push Goes To Legal Realm
The fight is on to unionize approximately 20 janitors working at that Park Meadows Shopping Center, the bustling mall located south of metro Denver.
According to organizers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the labor group has been attempting to unionize the employees since May, and now the effort has turned to legal action amid allegations of intimidation and illegal tactics.Yesterday, Aug. 22, SEIU filed complaints with the federal National Labor Relations Board against three companies-one a shopping mall owner, and two that are contracted to provide janitorial services in malls.
Colorado was one of four states where workers were alleged to have had their rights violated when attempting to organize. General Growth Properties, Inc, the owner of Park Meadows, and the Millard Group, which is the cleaning contractor in the mall, are defendants in the complaint.
SEIU organizers also said that anti-union tactics in the campaign have ranged from oppositional pamphlets to employers promising workers higher wages if they don’t try to unionize.
At issue here, are not only wages, but also health care costs and a sense of respect, say union representatives.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.