By Thomas K. Pendergast
Leaders of a San Francisco janitors’ union, Service Employees International Union Local 87, called for the union's members to strike if the union does not reach a tentative agreement on a new contract with the City by this coming Wednesday, August 2.
After more than a thousand SEIU members and their supporters marched through downtown San Francisco under a warm sun during the lunch hours on Friday, their leaders stood in Union Square and threatened a strike. They also called for their members and supporters to take part in actions this coming Monday and Tuesday, starting at 2 p.m. in front of 101 California Street and also at 4:30 p.m. on both days, although they would not specify as to what actions would be taken.
They did say that at 2 p.m. they would be passing out flyers with further instructions.
“We will make the city think twice before they provoke us to go on strike!” Olga Miranda, president of SEIU 87, shouted out to a large and cheering crowd. “… I don’t recommend you bringing the kids. We will show the city how the janitors will shut the city down!
”Wednesday, if we don’t have a contract, we what?”
“Strike!” the crowd yelled back.