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2 City-County Councilors among 48 cited after custodial rally

Posted at 11:03 AM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 11:03:49-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Custodial workers in central Indiana are calling on Eli Lilly to help them achieve higher pay.

The workers protested Thursday evening outside Eli Lilly's headquarters near the intersection of McCarty and Delaware streets. 

They say they clean buildings for a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company, but many can't even afford health care.

The custodians are not directly employed by Eli Lilly. They work for cleaning companies like SBM that subcontract them.

"I feel like with us being contracted through Lilly, they don't feel like it's their responsibility, it's SBM's responsibility," Clarence Jones, a custodial worker said. "But at the same time, it's both of their responsibilities."

A spokesperson with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said 48 protesters were peacefully removed and written a summons for violating a city ordinance.

The ordinance, 441-107, states: 

It shall be unlawful for any person, whether an operator of a vehicle or a pedestrian, to willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order, signal or direction of a police officer, a fire department official or of any other person authorized to perform any duties under this chapter or by state law.

City-County Councilors Zach Adamson and Duke Oliver were issued summons by officers during the protest. 

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