Hundreds of unionized janitors and their supporters marched Friday through the streets of downtown Los Angeles in a sign of solidarity in advance of a contract-negotiation deadline that could lead to a strike as early as next week.

Image from "Justice for Janitors" video. Photo via
Image from “Justice for Janitors” video. Photo via
Wearing red and purple union shirts and carrying signs proclaiming “Justice for Janitors,” the march began with a gathering at Grand Park then made its way along Grand Avenue.

The more than 20,000 statewide janitors represented by the Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West have already authorized a strike if a contract agreement is not reached.

The union’s contract with various building-management companies expires Saturday.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has already proclaimed its support of the janitors and a possible strike, which officials said could begin as early as Monday if a labor agreement is not reached.

— City News Service

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