Janitor's march and rally in downtown LA

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Hundreds of unionized janitors and their supporters marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles Friday in a sign of solidarity in advance of a contract-negotiation deadline that could lead to a strike as early as next week.

Wearing red and purple union shirts and carrying signs proclaiming "Justice for Janitors," the march began with a gathering at Grand Park then made its way along Grand Avenue.

The more than 20,000 statewide janitors represented by the Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West have already authorized a strike if a contract agreement is not reached. The union's
contract with various building-management companies expires tomorrow.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has already proclaimed its support of the janitors and a possible strike, which officials said could begin as early as Monday if a labor agreement is not reached.

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