Janitor strike continues to University of Miami by Mitch E. Perry04/27/06
In Coral Gables, just outside of Miami, the labor dispute between university subcontractor UNICCO and the Service Employees International Union, which wants to represent the janitors, has now dragged on for 2 months. The University has raised the janitorsâ€™ hourly pay and offered a health plan, but strikers want University of Miami President Donna Shalala to go further.
They want her to persuade UNICCO to accept the unionâ€™s demand for a â€˜card checkâ€™ which would allow workers to unionize when a majority sign cards. UNICCO favors a secret ballot.
But the campaign by the Janitors continues to pick up heatâ€¦On Tuesday, former Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards and Teamsters President James Hoffa joined protestors as they marched to Shalalaâ€™s officeâ€¦She wasnâ€™t there.
And now other members from the SEIU from around the country are coming by to relieve those who were on a hunger strike
Such as Eliseo Medina, International Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union, who lives in Houston, but began fasting in Miami since last Friday. (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?Theyâ€™re sayingâ€?)â€¦.
Thatâ€™s Eliseo Medina, International Executive Vice President of the SEIUâ€¦.discussing the dispute between UNICCO and the SEIU, which wants to represent University of Miami Janitorsâ€¦.
Earlier this week, a judge in Miami ruled against union protestors, banning them from disrupting any activities on the UM campus.