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32BJ Protests Drug Company Firing Janitors

August 26, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Several hundred property-service workers protested Aug. 20 outside the Philadelphia-area headquarters of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, demanding that the company rehire 10 janitors it sacked in March. "What are you really saving when you cut workers that make $12 an hour?" Local 32BJ SEIU spokesperson Traci Benjamin said.

"I don’t think that’s too much to ask for a company that just purchased Allergan.” The Israel-based company, whose products range from the stimulant Adderall to the sleeping pill Zolpridem, told the union that it had laid them off to cut costs. Teva acquired Allergan’s generic-drug unit in July for $40.5 billion. Read more

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