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Janitors plan to fight dirty

Golden Brooms makes sweeping statement

Hollywood, clean up your act.

A national janitors union has presented Golden Broom Awards for the “worst place for janitors to work” to NBC Studios, Universal Citywalk and Warner Music Group.

The Justice for Janitors campaign — aiming to unionize the 80 janitors at those three sites — made the announcement Thursday at a sparsely attended news conference at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor HQ. Reps of Service Employees Intl. Union pledged they’ll make public presentations of the kudos Saturday outside Spago, where NBC is holding a pre-Emmy party.

A speaker at the news conference, Blanca Guzman, alleged that janitors at the Citywalk site aren’t being properly trained in handling dangerous chemicals.

“Life in Hollywood isn’t very glamorous when you’re making poverty wages with no health care,” she said. “My check isn’t sufficient for everything my family needs.” Guzman says she’s paid $7.30 an hour.

On a more upbeat note, the campaign also announced it had presented Golden Broom Awards to a quartet of employers — Sony Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, DreamWorks Studios and Paramount Studios — that had either contracted for union janitors or hired inhouse union janitors. And Local 1877 president Mike Garcia said at the event that Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles Center Studios and Hollywood Center Studios had agreed to allow union recognition via employee card checks.

SAG president Alan Rosenberg, WGA West prexy Patric Verrone, AFTRA president John Connolly and IATSE Local 80 topper Thom Davis attended the event.

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