Union picketers at Golden Gate University

Yesterday afternoon commuters were greeted with the sight of union picketers outside Golden Gate University on Mission St. Protesting the loss of union custodial jobs were reps from the SEIU and a smattering of students and other supporters. seiuprotest.jpgCalls to the University’s office number for comment went unanswered and straight to automated voicemail.

Union custodial disputes are becoming increasingly common at Bay Area educational institutions that are attempting to cut costs, UC Berkeley had it’s invited commencement speakers refuse to cross picket lines twice in the last couple years. In 2006 politician Fabian Nunez, refused to cross, and earlier this year 2007 speaker Danny Glover refused to attend the graduation.

5 Comments so far

  1. SaneInSF (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    Anyone want to tell the students how much more their fees will go up if the SEIU gets what they want?

  2. SaneinSac (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 10:33 am

    So saneinsf would rather that we treat janitors like crap and pay them like crap and make them dependent on society instead of contributors to society just so people can go to college a few dollars cheaper. Real smart.

  3. saneinsf (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

    Shouldn’t that be left to the students? Far be it for me to tell people how their money should be spent.

    But, the students need to realize the services they’re receiving cost money. It’s all about information — give it to them, and let THEM make the decision.

  4. sw (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

    The school is already paying them a fair wage. If they weren’t, then the janitors would leave and take the jobs out there that are available and pay more.

  5. delso (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 8:54 am

    The janitors are employed by a janitorial service. GGU decided to not renew its contract, and to hire inside Union janitors. If you can read the postings the new janitors will receive union wages, free education and all the other perks that other GGU employees receive.

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