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A janitor cleans the sidewalk/Ghenady - Wikimedia
A janitor cleans the sidewalk/Ghenady – Wikimedia

Janitors and supporters of Good Jobs Spokane will hold a rally today in recognition of Justice for Janitors (J4J) Day and to bring to light the unsafe working conditions they face nightly.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 6, which represents approximately 3,200 janitors in King, Pierce and Spokane counties, said in a statement that the intensified workload being demanded of janitors is causing higher injury rates.  According to the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) more injury claims from janitors are accepted than from any other industry. Between 2003 and 2011 L&I accepted injury claims for janitors sustained by overexertion increased by 260 percent and the average compensable claim increased by over $10,000.

Today marks the 24th anniversary of Justice for Janitors Day. During the rally, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart will officially recognize J4J Day and the efforts janitors have made throughout the country to raise the standards for all workers.

The rally will be at 3 p.m. at Cowley Park, 602 S. Division.

 

 

 

 

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Lecture of Strategic Communication at the University of Idaho.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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