Our Pay Is for the Birds, says Justice for Janitors

Cleaners from Hartz Buildings Break Bird Pinata

A Tiny Paycheck Falls Out



Pet Food Turned Real Estate Company Allows

Cleaning Contractor to Pay Poverty Wages



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Justice for Janitors

    JERSEY CITY, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Janitors who clean commercial office buildings owned by Hartz Mountain
 Industries say their pay is for the birds.  To highlight the point, janitors
 will break open a giant bird pinata that reveals only a tiny paycheck.
     Janitors who clean buildings owned by Hartz are paid as little as $5.50
 per hour by the cleaning contractors that employ them.  These cleaners are
 some of the lowest paid janitors in the metro New York area.  Most do not have
 meaningful health insurance.  Many are employed only 4 hours a night and must
 work two or three jobs in order to survive.
     Hartz is one of the top developers in New Jersey and one of the largest
 private owners of commercial real estate in the country.  Its real estate
 holdings include 185 buildings and over 35 million square feet of commercial
 property.
     According to Forbes Magazine, Hartz chairman and CEO, Leonard Stern is
 worth $2.6 billion.
     The Hartz empire was founded by Leonard's father, Max, who emigrated from
 Germany with five thousand singing canaries.  When Leonard took over the
 business, he introduced new product lines -- flea collars, birdseed and other
 pet supplies.  Stern sold the pet food business just last year.
     Visit http://www.justiceforjanitors.org for more information.
 
                            Our Pay Is For The Birds
 
     WHAT:  Cleaners will march from the PATH Grove Street Station to the park
 next to Exchange Place PATH station.  There, cleaners will break open a giant
 pinata that reveals a tiny paycheck.
 
     WHEN:  Tuesday, April 24, 3 p.m.
 
     VISUALS:  A giant bird pinata
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X56541407
 
 

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    JERSEY CITY, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Janitors who clean commercial office buildings owned by Hartz Mountain
 Industries say their pay is for the birds.  To highlight the point, janitors
 will break open a giant bird pinata that reveals only a tiny paycheck.
     Janitors who clean buildings owned by Hartz are paid as little as $5.50
 per hour by the cleaning contractors that employ them.  These cleaners are
 some of the lowest paid janitors in the metro New York area.  Most do not have
 meaningful health insurance.  Many are employed only 4 hours a night and must
 work two or three jobs in order to survive.
     Hartz is one of the top developers in New Jersey and one of the largest
 private owners of commercial real estate in the country.  Its real estate
 holdings include 185 buildings and over 35 million square feet of commercial
 property.
     According to Forbes Magazine, Hartz chairman and CEO, Leonard Stern is
 worth $2.6 billion.
     The Hartz empire was founded by Leonard's father, Max, who emigrated from
 Germany with five thousand singing canaries.  When Leonard took over the
 business, he introduced new product lines -- flea collars, birdseed and other
 pet supplies.  Stern sold the pet food business just last year.
     Visit http://www.justiceforjanitors.org for more information.
 
                            Our Pay Is For The Birds
 
     WHAT:  Cleaners will march from the PATH Grove Street Station to the park
 next to Exchange Place PATH station.  There, cleaners will break open a giant
 pinata that reveals a tiny paycheck.
 
     WHEN:  Tuesday, April 24, 3 p.m.
 
     VISUALS:  A giant bird pinata
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X56541407
 
 SOURCE  Justice for Janitors