Today (Oct 12) in NYC, Philly and DC!

Wednesday October 12

These events coincides with the expiration this fall of contracts for more than 60,000 office cleaners from Hartford to Washington, DC.

New York City
2:00 PM – March Bowling Green to New York Stock Exchange 

Philadelphia, PA
3:30 PM – City Chambers and a rally will follow outside City Hall

Washington, DC
4:30 PM – Farragut Square Park (17th and K Streets)

In an effort to spotlight the need for good jobs and to restore fairness to the economy, hundreds of office cleaners, along with elected leaders, union supporters and groups such as the Occupy Wall Street protesters will march and rally Wednesday.

In Philadelphia, the current contract between 32BJ and the Building Owners Labor Relations, Inc. (BOLR), an organization representing Philadelphia’s major commercial office building owners, managers, and cleaning companies, expires at 12:01AM on October 16, 2011.

In the Washington, DC area, contracts covering 10,000 office building cleaners including in Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, Northern Virginia and Baltimore expire at 12:01AM on October 16, 2011.

Tomorrow: Rallies in NYC, DC, and Philly

In an effort to spotlight the need for good jobs and to restore fairness to the economy, hundreds of office cleaners, along with elected leaders, union supporters and groups such as the Occupy Wall Street protesters will march and rally Wednesday.

Wednesday October 12

New York City
2:00 PM – March Bowling Green to New York Stock Exchange 

Philadelphia, PA
3:30 PM – City Chambers and a rally will follow outside City Hall

Washington, DC
4:30 PM – Farragut Square Park (17th and K Streets)

These events coincides with the expiration this fall of contracts for more than 60,000 office cleaners from Hartford to Washington, DC.

In Philadelphia, the current contract between 32BJ and the Building Owners Labor Relations, Inc. (BOLR), an organization representing Philadelphia’s major commercial office building owners, managers, and cleaning companies, expires at 12:01AM on October 16, 2011.

In the Washington, DC area, contracts covering 10,000 office building cleaners including in Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, Northern Virginia and Baltimore expire at 12:01AM on October 16, 2011.

UPDATED: Protest Oct 12 for good jobs and economic fairness

Updated with Rally Location, 10/11/2011 10: 18 AM

MARCH AND RALLY

Stand up for good jobs!

2:00 PM Wed, Oct 12

March from Bowling Green Park

Meet at Beaver and Whitehall Streets. Map: http://g.co/maps/jm6mq
Take the #4 or #5 to Bowling Green; the R or W to Whitehall; or the #1 to South Ferry.

Rally at New York Stock Exchange

Rally at Broad and Exchange Place. Map: http://g.co/maps/u5r89

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Rally Location: Broad & Exchange Place


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A message from Héctor Figueroa, 32BJ Secretary-Treasurer and New York Metro District Area Leader –

Across the country protests calling for a fair economy that works for everyone are growing. All around us, people share the same frustration and deep concern: The rich are getting richer while the rest of us struggle to find and keep good jobs. And the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations aren’t paying their fair share of taxes while funding for public schools, libraries, roads, firefighters and more is being slashed.

Our fight for a fair contract for New York’s office building cleaners is part of this larger effort to make America live up to its promise of fairness.

I hope you’ll join me and fellow 32BJ members on Wednesday, October 12 at 2pm in a march and rally for good jobs. Click here for details and to sign up.

This is an important moment in America as more and more people come together demanding good jobs and economic fairness.

Join me on Wednesday, October 12 at 2pm.

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Video: 8 Days Left, Councilmember Stands with Cleaners

Our contract expires in 8 days in the Capital Area District!

This week, Montgomery County Council President, Valerie Ervin traveled to Washington, DC to support 32BJ members at this critical time in our fight to win a new agreement that defends good jobs.

Here’s the video from Montgomery County Cable News. Coverage begins at 7 minutes 20 seconds:

9 days till our contract expires in the Mid-Atlantic

A message from Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic District Area Leader:

Our contract expires in 9 days. This is a critical time in our fight to win a new agreement that defends good jobs.

Please join 32BJ President Mike Fishman and me on the phone on Thursday, October 13 at 2:30 pm for up-to-date news on contract negotiations. Every 32BJ member of the Mid-Atlantic District is invited to participate in this call. It’s for members only. We will discuss 32BJ’s unionwide contract fight, give an update from the Philadelphia bargaining table, talk about what happens if there’s a strike and answer questions

We’re keeping up the pressure for a fair contract. Last week, our march and strike vote sent a message to employers: We are united and standing strong to defend good jobs. This week, we are wearing stickers to remind employers of our resolve.

Your energy and involvement make all the difference in this fight. Stay informed and involved in these important days. Click here for details about the call on Thursday, October 13 at 2:30 pm. It’ll be available in English, Spanish and Polish.

Baltimore Electeds Urge Leaders to Avoid Strike

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore City Councilman-elect Nick Mosby and Baltimore City Councilman Bill Cole today took 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. Just days ago, the region’s cleaning workers voted to authorize their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary.

Councilmen Rally with Hundreds of Office Cleaners in Baltimore, MD 10.05.2011

DC Area Leaders Sign Pledge to Support Good Jobs

Download the PDF of the Good Jobs Pledge

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

Video: Rally for Good Jobs in Philadelphia

Check out this video from the rally in Philadelphia last week (09/28/2011).

Speakers include:

Mike Fishman
President 32BJ SEIU
Valarie Long
Vice President 32BJ SEIU
Juanita Acree
32BJ SEIU Member – Philadelphia
Wayne MacManiman
32BJ SEIU Mid-Atlantic District Director
Cheryl Adams
32BJ SEIU Member – Philadelphia
Rosa Cox
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Carlos Ramos
32BJ SEIU Member – New Jersey
Frederick R. Deas
32BJ SEIU Member – Philadelphia
Jose Regalado
32BJ SEIU Member – New Jersey
Rodrigo Mendez
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Jacinto Quinonez
32BJ SEIU Member – New Jersey
Patricia Arcila-Cabrera
32BJ SEIU Staff – New Jersey
Jim Bird
32BJ SEIU Member – Pittsburgh
Sara Pastorelli
32BJ SEIU Member – Connecticut
Ana Rodriguez
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Tony McIntosh
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Safet Lukolic
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Maria Ruiz
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Clara Castillo
32BJ SEIU Member – Washington, DC
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady
Pennsylvania’s First District
Robert Tucker
32BJ SEIU Member – Philadelphia
Kevin Doyle
Executive Vice President 32BJ SEIU
Mary Kay Henry
SEIU International President
Hector Figueroa
Secretary Treasurer 32BJ SEIU

Video: Member Interviews from Philly Rally

Philadelphia, PA (9/28/2011) – Thousands of property service workers from Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, the Washington, D.C.-area, Connecticut and Delaware, rallied downtown last week to call for a fair contract in Philadelphia. They were joined by Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) and President of the Service Employees International Union, Mary Kay Henry. Contract negotiations are underway for more than 2,600 building cleaners in Philadelphia, who are fighting for a fair wage increase and secure benefits.

More interviews: