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STAMFORD, CT-Saying they have no choice, striking Fairfield County janitors announce that they will launch “Operation Chaos” (Create Havoc Around Our Streets) beginning on Thursday, Nov.16 unless the union receives a “reasonable contract” from cleaning companies. In a statement, the union would not release any specific details about its threatened “Operation Chaos,” but did note that the actions will be random and unannounced.

“Janitors do not take this step lightly, but the companies have left us no choice,” says Kurt Westby, president of SEIU Local 531, which represents Fairfield County janitors. “We are calling on people of conscience to join us in Fairfield County on Thursday to ask that the incredible prosperity this county is enjoying be shared with the janitors.”

The union charges that cleaning companies reneged on their promise to finalize an agreement last Friday (Nov. 10) that would have ended the six-week strike. Local 531 officials allege that the proposed contract was returned to the union with 56 changes and without the required signatures. Janitors first walked off their jobs on Oct. 2 at commercial office buildings in Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, Shelton and Bridgeport.

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