Hudson Valley and Fairfield County Office Cleaners Ratify New Contract

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  Kwame Patterson 212-388-3676

  Matt Nerzig               212-539-2882

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, January 9, 2012

HUDSON VALLEY & FAIRFIELD COUNTY OFFICE CLEANERS RATIFY NEW CONTRACT

 - Union Members Approve Four-Year Contract That Gives Yearly Raises to Building Cleaners -

White Plains, NY Office building cleaners from Hudson Valley in New York and Fairfield County in Connecticut have ratified a four-year agreement that provides a nearly 13% wage increase over the life of the agreement. The new contract also provides affordable health care coverage and increases the number of full-time job opportunities.

“Our members are working two and three jobs to try and keep their heads above water in one of the most expensive regions in the country,” said John Santos, 32BJ Hudson Valley Regional Director. “This contract will help them support their families, and contribute to the growth of the economy.”

“This is a fair agreement with modest wage increases that will help the 3,300 building cleaners in the area continue to move out of poverty and have a chance at the American Dream,” said Kurt Westby, Connecticut State Director for 32BJ SEIU.

Members voted unanimously over the weekend to approve the agreement. The new four-year contract – which is between 32BJ and area cleaning contractors such as American Building Maintenance (ABM), A & A Maintenance, and Temco – is set to expire in 2015.

32BJ members clean prominent buildings in Fairfield County including the University of Connecticut, the UBS Building, the RBS Building, Norwalk Community College and Fairfield University. In Hudson Valley, the list includes the Morgan Stanley Building and both the Galleria and Westchester Malls.

There are approximately 1,700 commercial cleaners in Hudson Valley and more than 1,500 in Fairfield County. Employers, building owners and managers began negotiations with the union in early November.

With more than 120,000 members unionwide and over 5,800 living in Hudson Valley and Fairfield combined, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country. For more information, visit www.standwithbuildingworkers.org .

Fairfield County, CT Tentative Agreement: Subject to Ratification

RATIFICATION VOTES
Saturday, January 7
3 PM

Club 91
91 Booth Street
Bridgeport, CT
Saturday, January 7
5:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church
20 Forest Street
Stamford, CT
Saturday, January 14
5 PM

Ecuadorian Civic Center
240 Main Street
Danbury, CT

The tentative 4-year contract includes:

  • A total pay increase of 13% over 4 years
  • Increased employer payments to protect health care at no cost to 32BJ members.
  • Protected free legal services and training benefits, which employers wanted to cut.
  • Eliminated the restrictions on when 32BJ members can take paid vacation.
  • Won a paid bereavement day for the death of a grandparent.
  • Won the same increases to the minimum pay rate as above.

Ratification votes will be on:

Saturday, January 7, 3 PM
Club 91, 91 Booth Street, Bridgeport, CT

Saturday, January 7, 5:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, 20 Forest Street, Stamford, CT

Saturday, January 14, 5 PM
Ecuadorian Civic Center, 240 Main Street, Danbury, CT

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Hudson Valley, NY Tentative Agreement: Subject to Ratification

RATIFICATION VOTE
Saturday, January 7, 2012 • 1 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel
66 Hale Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

The tentative 4-year contract includes:

  • A total pay increase of 13% over 4 years
  • Increased employer payments to protect health care at no cost to 32BJ members.
  • Protected free legal services and training benefits, which employers wanted to cut.
  • Eliminated the restrictions on when 32BJ members can take paid vacation.
  • Won a paid bereavement day for the death of a grandparent.
  • Won the same increases to the minimum pay rate as above.

Ratification vote will be on:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2012 • 1 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601

Download the flier here

Tentative Agreement for Hudson Valley, Fairfield Co.

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Kwame Patterson: 312-371-2485

Matt Nerzig: 212-539-2882

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, December 23, 2011

 

NEW CONTRACT FOR HUDSON VALLEY & FAIRFIELD COUNTY OFFICE CLEANERS SECURES WAGE INCREASES FOR NEXT FOUR YEARS

White Plains, NY – The 32BJ SEIU Bargaining Committee announced a tentative agreement Thursday night on a four-year contract, subject to ratification by its members, covering more than 3,300 commercial office cleaners in Hudson Valley New York and Fairfield County Connecticut that provides cleaners with an average yearly wage increase of 3% or a nearly 13% increase in wages over the life of the contract.

“It’s a win-win agreement for businesses, workers and tenants alike,” said John Santos, 32BJ Hudson Valley Regional Director. “Helping hard-working men and women support their families strengthens the economy for the entire region.”

“This new contract moves these workers toward the middle class,” said Kurt Westby, Connecticut State Director for 32BJ. “When workers get decent wages then they can spend money in the community and that’s the best stimulus package that there could be.”

Over the next four years, cleaners in the region will see their average yearly pay increase from $12.50 per hour to $14.10 per hour all while maintaining essential benefits, such as affordable healthcare.

“I’m now going to have more money to pay my bills, said Maria Trejo, who cleans Vernon Hills Shopping Center in Scarsdale. “I can now afford to pay my daughter’s college tuition.”

“It was very important for me to maintain my health benefits,” said Leonel Arenes, a cleaner in Stamford. “The high cost of healthcare would otherwise wipe me and my family out.”

32BJ members clean prominent buildings in Fairfield County including the University of Connecticut, the UBS Building, the RBS Building, Norwalk Community College and Fairfield University. In addition, cleaners in Hudson Valley clean prominent buildings including the Morgan Stanley Building, and both the Galleria and Westchester Malls.

Negotiations began on November 10th between 32BJ and representatives of the area’s major commercial office building cleaning companies. There are approximately 1,700 commercial cleaners in Hudson Valley and more than 1,500 commercial cleaners in Fairfield County. Employers, building owners and managers in both areas negotiated with the union under a combined contract called “Fairchester”. The contract was set to expire at 12:01 AM on January 1, 2012.

More than 60,000 property service workers from Hartford, Conn., to Virginia are united in a campaign to secure new contracts that raise wage and benefit standards. With more than 120,000 members union-wide and over 5,800 living in Hudson Valley and Fairfield combined, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

 

For more information, visit www.StandWithBuildingWorkers.org

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Countdown to Contract Expirations

Members of our union, 32BJ SEIU, are standing together for good jobs. More than 60,000 property service workers in seven states are united in a campaign to secure new contracts that raise wage and benefit standards.

Workers in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Montgomery County, MD, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have already negotiated new agreements that protect decent pay and benefit standards.  Tentative agreements have been reached in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware, as well as Fairfield County, Conn. and Hudson Valley.

Tentative Agreements for:

• Delaware - Tentative Agreement Announced
• Fairfield County, Conn. & Hudson Valley – Tentative Agreement Announced
New Jersey – Tentative Agreement Announced
Hartford & New Haven, Conn. – Tentative Agreement Announced
New York City – Tentative Agreement Announced

Contracts talks in the Philadelphia suburbs have been extended with a contract deadline on January 16, 2012 at 12:01 am.

Philadelphia Suburbs – Expires January 16, 2012 at 12:01 am

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

Keep Up The Pressure: Fight For Good Jobs

Check out the highlights from the big events this week!  Thousands of 32BJ members joined together to demonstrate our determination to fight for good jobs.

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