28. Cintas Employment Problems

lclaaLCLAA 17TH NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP CONVENTION
ORLANDO, FL
AUGUST 4-8, 2008


RESOLUTION:

28.    Cintas Employment Problems

WHEREAS, Cintas has been consistently failing to pay its employees the required wages from the employees corresponding states; it has also denied overtime pay for many years to its drivers; moreover, Cintas has a stated policy of pushing increase in insurance costs onto its workers; this organization has been found guilty of illegally firing and disciplining union supporters, threatening workers with plant closures and unlawful interrogations, among dozens of other charges;

WHEREAS, Cintas employees report earning wages around $7-$9 per hour, which forces many employees to support their families at a salary below the federal poverty line; employees should not have to worry about how to pay their bills nor live in poverty; they should get more then 5 to 10 cent raises; and

WHEREAS, the agency should provide affordable health care coverage to all of its employees; many of the employees have to choose to take insurance and sacrifice paying bills or buying food; Cintas workers should not have to rest on the hope that their families will remain healthy so that they can afford to buy groceries or pay the rent;

WHEREAS, the corporation should improve the working environment for its employees so that their safety is not threatened; two employees have died because of unsafe and illegal working conditions; other workers are required to work without protective equipment and many of the workers' accidents are covered up by Cintas; and

WHEREAS, workers should be treated with dignity and respect and not like machines; they should be treated as partners and as human beings and, as such, they should have the right to make proposals about working conditions; if attendance policies are deemed unfair or if employees see favoritism, they should be allowed to raise concerns; and

WHEREAS, Cintas should allow its employees to exercise their rights without fear of intimidation, punishment, or threats; this agency should remain neutral to employees who demand to be part of a union; and

WHEREAS, workplace hazards increasingly rob a disproportionate number of Latino families their loved ones, and it is time that companies like CINTAS, which employ a significant number of Latino workers, stop turning their backs on worker safety and take every step necessary to ensure that employees not only return to their families each day but also return home healthy; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT LCLAA SUPPORTS UNITE HERE IN THEIR CAMPAIGNS TOWARDS CINTAS. WE ENCOURAGE THEIR EFFORTS TO UNIONIZE WORKERS UNDER THE AGENCY AND TO FIGHT FOR BETTER EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS. THESE CONDITIONS SHOULD INCLUDE MEETING THE LIVING WAGE SET BY THE CITIES ITS WORKERS LIVE IN, AS WELL AS INCLUDING HEALTH BENEFITS.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT LCLAA WILL EDUCATE AND INFORM ITS MEMBERSHIP, COMMUNITIES AND ALLIES ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE BY DISSEMINATING INFORMATION FOUND ON
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