By Justin Jeffre

SEIU local 1 rallied on Fountain Square and then marched to the 5/3 building to demand better treatment for their janitors. Fifth Third Bancorp has recaptured its spot as the largest bank in the region and is one of many profitable Cincinnati-based corporations whose offices are cleaned by members of SEIU Local 1.

Despite cleaning the headquarters of some of the biggest and richest companies in the country, full time janitors in Cincinnati are paid less than $18,000 a year—below the poverty level and not nearly enough to support a family. Cincinnati is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies, including Procter and Gamble, Macy’s, Fifth Third Bancorp, and Western and Southern Financial.

Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld told the crowd of about 90 people that, “Cincinnati has one of the highest infant mortality rates not just in Ohio, but in the nation and part of the reason why is because of people making wages that are too low. We all need to take responsibility for the problem of poverty in our communities. That’s what the Cincinnati janitors are doing here today, and I’m proud to stand with them.”