Hundreds of unionized janitors and their supporters

marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles today 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