SEIU serves up mini-strike in Colorado

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Typical labor-state bargaining tactic

Janitors staged a one-day strike at Park Meadows Mall in suburban Denver on Tuesday, claiming the cleaning contractor they work for has made it difficult for them to join a union. The Service Employees International Union said five workers were picketing outside the mall parking lot at midday, and 17 had signed a petition backing the strike.

The SEIU said union supporters have been put under surveillance and workers have been told not to talk to union representatives.

Officials of the Illinois-based cleaning contractor, The Millard Group, said they were not aware of any such complaints being filed against the company.

"Those would not be practices that we would condone," said Gery Kwiatowksi, executive vice president of The Millard Group.

Kwiatowksi said he was aware of only two janitors being on strike.

SEIU said the strike is one of 20 demonstrations planned at malls nationwide owned by Chicago-based General Growth Properties.


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