INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Several protesters, including two Indianapolis City-County Councilors, were removed from a protest Thursday while demonstrating outside of Eli Lilly downtown.
The rally was an act of civil disobedience to protest for higher wages and better benefits for janitors.
“Currently, janitors who clean Eli Lilly and other buildings in Indianapolis are forced to raise their families on hourly wages as low as $9.75, without affordable health insurance and sick leave. Median annual earnings for janitors are so low that many working families rely on public assistance just to make ends meet,” Service Employees International Union Local 1 said in a release.
After blocking traffic, police began to remove the protesters, including City-County Councilors Zach Adamson and Duke Oliver. Police say a total of 48 protesters were peacefully and without incident removed from the area before being written a summons for violation of city ordinance 441-107. That ordinance is titled “obedience to police and fire officials”:
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.
The protest comes days before contract negotiations are set to resume on Oct. 30.