Region’s Elected Officials to Stand With Cleaning Workers, Urge Industry Leaders to Avoid a Strike

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR 1:30 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2011

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Karant:                646-584-9001

Eugenio H. Villasante 212 539 2940

REGION’S ELECTED OFFICIALS TO STAND WITH CLEANING WORKERS, URGE INDUSTRY LEADERS TO AVOID A STRIKE

Elected Officials to Take Their Stand as Office Cleaners Announce Authorization to Strike

Washington, DC – Elected officials from the District, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia will today take a stand for nearly 12,000 of the region’s office cleaners, calling on industry leaders to agree to a fair contract for the workers and avoid a strike that could hurt the region. The public officials will make their announcement days after the region’s cleaning workers voted to authorize their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary. Speakers at today’s event will note that its venue – on Pennsylvania Avenue – has the fifth-highest office rent in North America.

WHAT:   Announcement of cleaning worker strike vote results

 

WHO:            DC City Councilmember Phil Mendelson

 

Montgomery County Council President, Valerie Ervin

VA State Senator, Mary Margaret Whipple

CASA de MD President, Padre Simón Bautista

Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO President Jos Williams

32BJ SEIU Capital Area Director, Jaime Contreras

 

*Interviews can be arranged prior to event

 

WHEN:   Monday, October 3, 2011

1:30 PM

WHERE:  20th & Pennsylvania Ave.

 

Commercial cleaners in the Washington-area are among more than 60,000 from Hartford, Conn. to Virginia who are united in a campaign to secure new contracts that raise wage and benefit standards.

With more than 120,000 members in nine states, including 16,000 in the D.C. Metropolitan Area, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.

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