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  What will it take to get affordable healthcare for everyone in California? Where do we start? In Sacramento, we've got people who work nights at low wages cleaning buildings owned by millionaires. These janitors have health insurance for themselves, but none for their children. Why not start with them?
  Jasmine Solis' mom is a Local 1877 janitor. Jasmine (age 4) has no health insurance, so if she gets sick or injured, she will be going to a clinic (if we still have them after State budget cuts) or to a hospital Emergency room.


  The Building at 12th and K Street: This is a high-tech building that regular people with ordinary cleaning implements work nights to clean. Local 1877 met on the K Street Mall in front of this building on June 5th to remind building owners, building tenants, and passers-by that the janitors' contract still doesn't have dependent health care insurance.


  Many unions came out to support Local 1877. Terry Skjelstad (right) of Teamsters Local 150 said that his local also faced problems with healthcare insurance. We are experiencing a healthcare crisis--- how far does it have to go before a better system for providing healthcare is adopted? We can and should fight through our unions to get a better healthcare deal, but in the end, we've got to improve our State (and national) system of healthcare delivery so that everybody has access to it.


  "What's this about? Workers' rights!" Blanca Torres and other janitors from Sacramento and Northern California marching in front of the Senator Hotel Building. Able BM, ABM, OneSource, Ferraris and other cleaning contractors are still refusing to provide dependent healthcare coverage to janitors of Local 1877 here in Sacramento, though they provide it in other California cities.


  "Affordable Health Care for Working Families!" That's what it's about.
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