Worker Profile: Emiliano, Office Cleaner (Wilmington, DE)

Emiliano Ortiz, Office Cleaner (Wilmington, DE)

Emiliano Ortiz, Office Cleaner (Wilmington, DE)

“I clean Chase Bank but struggle to support my family.”

–Emiliano Ortiz,
Office Cleaner, Wilmington, DE

Emiliano works hard every day cleaning bathrooms and board rooms at Chase Bank in Wilmington. And while Chase Bank made over $17 billion last year, Emiliano makes just $8.70 an hour working for Chase’s cleaning contractor.

Support the contracted office cleaners of Delaware who are negotiating for decent raises and respect on the job.





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Working Hard for the 1%, Struggling with the 99%

Cynthia Kessler, St. Moritz Building Services Office Cleaner at PPG Place, Pittsburgh

Cynthia works hard every day to keep the PPG Place clean and running smoothly. When top executives finish their day, she continues working to keep their offices clean and well-maintained so the next day they can conduct their business.
But when it takes two paychecks to cover the rent and with the cost of living going up, she is struggling.

Remember Cynthia and thousands of corporate office cleaners across the region who are negotiating a new contract with many of the leaders of the $400 million commercial real estate industry of Pittsburgh.

These workers make Pittsburgh run. They need good jobs to support their families and make our communities strong.


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DC Area Leaders Sign Pledge to Support Good Jobs

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PLEDGE OF SUPPORT The people of our city need good jobs that pay a decent wage and provide secure benefits. Families have bills to pay, kids to raise and the future to plan for. Good jobs are essential to families, but also to the health of our communities.

12,000 office building cleaners in our area are negotiating a new contract now. I stand with them and their union, 32BJ SEIU, in theirefforts to win an agreement that includes a fair pay raise, fair workload standards and more full-time jobs with benefits.

The commercial cleaning business in our area is mostly part-time. That means people with jobs of#en remain below the poverty level and families and communities struggle needlessly. Yet the commercial real estate industry in Washington, D.C. is healthy and growing: It can afford to support good jobs.

According to experts in the field, D.C. will be “among the top office markets in the country this year.” Economists expect a steady increase in office employment in the city, growing demand for office space, rising rents and shrinking vacancy rates.

Office cleaners’ efforts to win a contract that provides good jobs are part of a national effort to restore the economy and reclaim the American Dream for hardworking families. Join me in supporting this effort. It’s what our city needs – and our conscience demands.

  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, US Congresswoman (DC)
  • Gerry Connolly, US Congressman (VA-11th District)
  • Valerie Ervin, Montgomery County Council President
  • Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Council
  • Kwame Brown, Chairman, DC City Council
  • Jack Young, Baltimore City Council President
  • Jim Graham, DC City Council Ward 1
  • Michael Brown, DC City Council At-Large
  • Vincent Orange, DC City Council At-Large
  • Eric Olson, PG County Council, Vice Chair
  • Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Council, District 4
  • Hans Reimer, Montgomery County Council, At-Large
  • Chap Petersen, Senator, Virginia 34th District
  • Adam Ebbin, Virginia House of Delegates, 49th District
  • Mary Margaret Whipple, Senator, Virginia 31st District
  • Dave Marsden, Senator, Virginia 37th District
  • George Barker, Senator, Virginia 39th District
  • Walter Tejada, Arlington County Board
  • Jo Ann Benson, Senator, Maryland District 24
  • Bill Frick, Delegate, Maryland District 16
  • Tom Hucker, Delegate, Maryland District 20
  • Veronica Turner, Delegate, Maryland District 26
  • Victor Ramirez, Senator, Maryland District 47
  • Ana Sol Gutierrez, Delegate, Maryland District 18
  • Bill Ferguson, Senator, Maryland District 46
  • Roger Manno, Senator, Maryland District 19
  • Nick Mosby, Baltimore City Council Democratic Nominee, 7th District
  • Mary Pat Clarke, Baltimore City Council, District 14

Labor and Community

  • DC Metro Central Labor Council
  • Virginia AFL-CIO
  • Northern Virginia Labor Federation
  • DC Jobs with Justice
  • Georgetown Solidarity Committee
  • Thomas Blanton, Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Raquel Guerricagoitia, CARECEN
  • Katrina Dizon, APALA-DC
  • Colaition of Black Trade Unions
  • Jacob Feinspan, Executive Director, Jews United for Justice
  • Jana Meyer, Director of Social Justice Ministries, Foundry
  • United Methodist Church
  • Father Vidal Rivas, St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church/St. Michael and All
  • Angles Episcopal Church
  • Rabbi Robert Saks, Congregation Bet Mishpachah
  • Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, American Friends Service Committee – DC Peace
  • and Economic Justice Program
  • Barbara Kavanagh, DC Employment Justice Center
  • SEIU Local 1199
  • SEIU Local 500
  • SEIU Local 722