Media Advisory: Building Service Workers One Step Closer To Strike

32BJ of the Service Employees International Union

Media Advisory For:
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM

For More Information:

Eugenio H. Villasante: 212 539 2940
Julie Karant: 646-584-9001

BUILDING SERVICE WORKERS ONE STEP CLOSER TO STRIKE

– More than 2,600 Office Cleaners Could Walk Off Their Jobs if Agreement Not Reached
by October 19th at 12:01 AM –

Philadelphia, PA —Preparing for a possible strike that could paralyze Center City, 32BJ, the building service workers union will be holding a strike prep meeting on setting up picket lines at more than 100 buildings throughout Philadelphia, including Liberty Place, the Comcast Center, and Commerce Square. If an agreement is not reached by October 19th at 12:01AM more than 2,600 property service workers could walk out of their jobs.

Negotiations for a new union contract covering more than 2,600 property service workers in Philadelphia began on September 9th between 32BJ and representatives of the real estate industry. 32BJ presented its contract proposals to leaders of Building Owners Labor Relations, Inc. (BOLR), an organization representing Philadelphia’s major commercial office building owners, managers, and cleaning companies such as ABM Industries, Inc., The Arthur Jackson Company, and Shellville Facility Services.

VISUAL: Workers making STRIKE signs as they prepare for a possible work stoppage.
WHAT: Strike Captains Meeting at 32BJ Union Office in Downtown Philadelphia.
WHEN: Saturday, October 15 at 2:30 pm
WHERE: 42 S. 15th St., Suite 200, Philadelphia
WHO: Philadelphia’s building service workers.

With more than 120,000 members in eight states, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

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