The national confrontation between janitors and some of the world’s richest property owners has arrived San Francisco, where on Wednesday over two thousand building cleaners shut down the city’s main artery, Market Street, in a huge march. Later twenty-seven workers and supporters were arrested in a financial district intersection, as they blocked it in an act of civil disobedience.
Among the many banners carried by the marchers, by far the most common was one that said “We Are Ready to Strike the 1%.” It clearly summed up workers’ anger, which made this march even larger than one three days earlier, and others organized during the weeks prior.
Contractors are demanding that workers pay $600 a month for family healthcare coverage. They offer a raise of 50¢ an hour, which would total about $85, resulting in an effective wage cut of $515 a month.