Janitors block downtown SF traffic in contract protest, get arrested

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About one hundred of janitors from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 87 are taking part in a march and rally in San Francisco Thursday to call on tech companies to give them a fair contract.

Around 5:37 p.m. San Francisco Police were seen by Sky Fox making arrests of protesters and had vans to place those arrested inside. 

The Master Contract between the union and the city's major janitorial contractors expires Sunday. 

Thursday's action was part of the union's "Week of Rage" actions, but despite that label, protesters were sitting peacefully in the formation of a circle at the intersection of Market and 1st streets in the downtown area. 

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency had reported that when protesters marched on California near Drumm Street in the Financial District earlier, that Cable Cars were temporarily holding positions.