Bargaining Begins in Three Major Metro Areas

Washington DC | Philadelphia | Pittsburgh

32BJ has begun important negotiations for new contracts for our members in three districts: the Capital Area District, the Mid-Atlantic District and Western PA.

“A good, fair contract will provide working families with what they need, our economy with a boost and local governments with more tax revenue,” said Mike Fishman, 32BJ President. “Our campaign for good jobs is part of a national effort to rebuild the middle class, restore the economy, and reclaim the American Dream for millions of families.”

Here’s what our members are saying about the contract negotiations:

“Our workload is growing, but not our wages.”
- Oscar
Washington, DC
“I’ve got two kids in college, a mortgage to pay and groceries, I’m struggling like many people here every day.”
- Angel
Philadephia, PA
“When companies pay better, people stay and do a better job. Everybody wins.”
- Robert
Pittsburgh, PA
  • In the Capital Area, negotiations began for 5,000 commercial cleaners in Washington, D.C., nearly 4,000 in Northern Virginia, over 1,500 in Montgomery County, MD and over 700 in Baltimore on September 8, 2011.
  • In Philadelphia, negotiations began concerning more than 2,600 property service workers on September 9, 2011.
  • In Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, negotiations began concerning more than 2,100 commercial office cleaners on September 13, 2011.