Janitors seek ban on toxic cleaners used by supermarkets


Venture into a supermarket late at night and you're likely to see an employee running a machine used to clean, strip and wax floors. Wander into your local deli and you'll see workers pouring disinfectant over the day's feast.

But ask these workers how they feel and many will confess to cases of headaches, sinus infections, and skin rashes. Which is why janitors and cleaners from the Service Employee International Union have been holding protests outside large grocery stores -- such as Lucky and Safeway (SWY) in Northern California -- to demand that the country's largest supermarket chains ditch toxic cleaning agents and go with greener alternatives.