"Janitors do not take this step lightly, but the companies haveleft us no choice," says Kurt Westby, president of SEIU Local 531,which represents Fairfield County janitors. "We are calling onpeople of conscience to join us in Fairfield County on Thursday toask that the incredible prosperity this county is enjoying beshared with the janitors."

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The union charges that cleaning companies reneged on theirpromise to finalize an agreement last Friday (Nov. 10) that wouldhave ended the six-week strike. Local 531 officials allege that theproposed contract was returned to the union with 56 changes andwithout the required signatures. Janitors first walked off theirjobs on Oct. 2 at commercial office buildings in Stamford, Norwalk,Greenwich, Shelton and Bridgeport.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.