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Janitors march in support of improved sexual harassment and violence prevention training

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Alejandra Valles, secretary-treasurer for SEIU United Service Workers West, leads a rally of women janitors who have survived rape and sexual harassment at a rally to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2079, which would provide janitorial workers with sexual violence and harassment prevention training and give them more protection against retaliation, in City Hall’s South Light Court on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Janitors who have survived rape and sexual harassment in the workplace on Monday launched a 100-mile walk from San Francisco to Sacramento to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to support legislation to boost sexual harassment and violent training and prevention measures.

Assembly Bill 2079, introduced by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, includes provisions for peer training and counseling, which supporters say is essential for helping immigrant women and women in hidden professions like janitorial work learn their rights from someone they trust.

The walk, which began at the Golden Gate Bridge this morning and paused for a noon rally at San Francisco’s City Hall, began the same day as a billboard campaign in the Bay Area urging Brown to sign the legislation.

For more details, please see the full story at our sister publication, the SF Weekly.

Alejandra Valles, secretary-treasurer for SEIU United Service Workers West, leads a rally of women janitors who have survived rape and sexual harassment at a rally to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2079, which would provide janitorial workers with sexual violence and harassment prevention training and give them more protection against retaliation, in City Hall’s South Light Court on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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