Sad news for the little green Gecko America has come to love. The Purple People Eater, otherwise known as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is out to get the little lizard.

It seems that insurance carrier GEICO has replaced its unionized cleaning services contractor with a non-union contractor, which has displaced SEIU-represented janitors.

From the Washington Post:

The chanting procession by 16 purple-clad demonstrators during Thursday’s evening rush on Wisconsin Avenue marked the latest beat in the running conflict between Chevy Chase-based insurer GEICO and the Service Employees International Union.

A purple flier passed out by protesters took on the GEICO Gecko, noting that janitors working for a recently replaced contractor lost their jobs “due to GEICO’s no so funny or cute money saving strategies.” The company “decided to save a penny on their backs,” it read.

More at the Washington Post.

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