Suburban Cleaners Ratify New 4-Yr Contracts for 1,200 Workers

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Karant: 646-584-9001

Eugenio H. Villasante: 646-285-1087

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SUBURBAN OFFICE CLEANERS RATIFY NEW 4-YEAR CONTRACT IMPROVING WAGES FOR 1,200 WORKERS

Contract to Help Boost Economy and Ensure Quality Service for Tenants

Norristown, PA – Commercial office cleaners in suburban Philadelphia have voted overwhelmingly to ratify new four-year contract covering 1,200 workers that provides cleaners with an average yearly wage increase of over 3.6%.

“This contract will help 1,200 office cleaners in suburban Philly continue to move out of poverty and have a chance at the American Dream,” said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director. “These hard-working men and women have stood up for the wages they need to support their families and our economy.”

Over the next four years, cleaners will see their average yearly pay increase from $10.80 per hour to $12.35 per hour.

Negotiations for a new contract covering more than 1,200 commercial office cleaners in suburban Philadelphia began on November 30th between 32BJ and leaders representing companies including Shellville Facility Services, Allan Industries, Inc. and Interstate Building Maintenance Corporation.

Cleaners authorized their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary if an agreement wasn’t reached by January 16th at 12:01AM.

More than 60,000 property service workers from Hartford, Conn., to Virginia have secured new contracts that raise wage and benefit standards.

With more than 120,000 members in nine states, including 10,000 in the Philadelphia area, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.

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