32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION
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Julie Karant: 646-584-9001
Eugenio H. Villasante: 212-539-2940
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 24, 2011
DC-METRO/BALTIMORE OFFICE CLEANERS RATIFY NEW 4-YEAR CONTRACT PROTECTING 12,000 GOOD JOBS
Improved Wages will Help Boost Economy
Washington, DC – By a unanimous vote, the region’s commercial office cleaners have ratified a new four-year contract covering 12,000 workers that will provide an average yearly pay increase of 4% over the next four years. With just 24 hours before the contract was set to expire, the 32BJ Bargaining Committee reached the agreement on October 16th with the Washington service contractors association, an organization representing the area’s major commercial cleaning companies.
“These are the kind of good jobs that our communities and our country need to move more families into the middle class,” said Valarie Long, 32BJ Vice President. “This is an important victory for cleaners in the Washington- Baltimore area who are united with 32BJ members up and down the East Coast in a campaign for good jobs.”
“I feel very happy with this contract, it’s great for our families” said Jorge Catacora, a downtown DC office cleaner. “We have a just raise that will help pay the rent and rising cost of living.”
The contract covers 5,000 commercial cleaners working in hundreds of commercial properties in Washington, D.C. such as Washington Square, International Square, Georgetown’s Washington Harbor and One Franklin Square.
The contract also covers nearly 4,000 cleaners who maintain high profile properties Northern Virginia, including the USA Today Building and office buildings in the Crystal City and Tyson’s Corner developments.
The contract covers over 1,500 cleaners at over 150 buildings in Montgomery County, including the Chevy Chase Bank Building, the Discovery Building and Rock Spring Office Park.
The contract covers over 700 cleaners at over 40 Baltimore buildings, including the Candler Building, Legg Mason Building and the Bank of America Building.
These commercial building 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 for hundreds of thousands of building service workers across the country.
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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