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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Community Leader Stands With Office Cleaners, Urges Industry Leaders to Avoid a Strike

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, December 5, 2011

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Karant: 646-584-9001

Eugenio H. Villasante: 646-285-1087

 

COMMUNITY LEADER STANDS WITH OFFICE CLEANERS, URGES INDUSTRY LEADERS TO AVOID A STRIKe

Cleaners Announce Authorization to Strike if Necessary to Protect Good Jobs

 

Norristown, PA – Carmen Guerrero, of the Latino advocacy group, Alianza took a stand for 1,200 of the region’s office cleaners, calling on industry leaders to agree to a fair contract for the workers and avoid a strike. The group marched through Norristown on Saturday, directly after cleaners voted to authorize their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary. The contract is set to expire at 12:01 AM on December 16, 2011.

“Industry should create the kind of family-sustaining jobs necessary to boost our economy,” said Carmen Guerrero with Alianza, a Latino advocacy group based in Norristown. “These hard-working cleaners have Alianza’s full support to get what they deserve to support their communities.”

Wages for part-time workers are only $10.80 per hour ($11,232.00 annually). The federal poverty line for a family of four in the United States is $22,350 annually.

“The men and women who do back-breaking work to keep our offices safe and clean deserve to be able to put food on the table and pay the bills, said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director. “Our strike vote shows we’re determined to keep the good jobs that are the lifeblood of suburban Philadelphia.”

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 the area’s major commercial office building owners, managers, and cleaning companies such as Shellville Facility Services, Allan Industries, Inc., and Professional Building Services, Inc.

“The cost of living keeps going up but our wages don’t,” said Arnold Avila, an office cleaner and father of three working in King of Prussia. “It’s hard to keep up. We need raises so we can pay the bills.” Avila who earns just $10.60 per hour, works two jobs to make ends meet.

Several bright spots indicate that the office market in suburban Philadelphia is on the upswing. For example, leasing activity is improving, rents are on the rise, vacancy is declining, and many new office renovation projects are near completion.

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 in nine states, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.

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Contract Talks Open For Over 1,200 Suburban Philadelphia Office Cleaners

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Karant: 646-584-9001

Eugenio Villasante: 646-285-1087

http://www.standwithbuildingworkers.org/

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 30, 2011

 

CONTRACT TALKS OPEN FOR OVER 1,200 SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA OFFICE CLEANERS

Union Proposals Focus on Fair Wage Increases as Office Market Strengthens

Philadelphia, PA – Negotiations for a new union contract covering more than 1,200 commercial office cleaners in suburban Philadelphia began on Friday between 32BJ and representatives of the real estate industry. 32BJ presented its contract proposals to leaders representing the area’s major commercial office building owners, managers, and cleaning companies such as Shellville Facility Services, Allan Industries, Inc., and Professional Building Services, Inc. The contract is set to expire at 12:01 AM on December 16, 2011.

“Ensuring the men and women who keep our offices safe and clean receive family-sustaining wages is both fair and critical to strengthening our economy,” said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director. “The multi-million dollar real estate industry can afford to give hard-working cleaners the raise they deserve, and ensure that tenants receive the professional service they want.”

Wages for part-time workers are only $10.80 per hour ($11,232.00 annually). The federal poverty line for a family of four in the United States is $22,350 annually.

“The cost of living keeps going up but our wages don’t,” said Arnold Avila, an office cleaner and father of three working in King of Prussia. “It’s hard to keep up. We need raises so we can pay the bills.” Avila who earns just $10.60 per hour, works two jobs to make ends meet.

Several bright spots indicate that the office market in suburban Philadelphia is on the upswing. For example, leasing activity is improving, rents are on the rise, vacancy is declining, and many new office renovation projects are near completion.

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 in nine states, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.

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Contract Talks Open For 450 Delaware Office Cleaners

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Karant: 646-584-9001
Eugenio Villasante: 646-285-1087

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 15, 2011

CONTRACT TALKS OPEN FOR 450 DELAWARE OFFICE CLEANERS

Union Proposals Focus on Fair Wage Increases as Office Market Strengthens

Wilmington, DE – Negotiations for a new union contract covering 450 commercial office cleaners in Delaware began on Friday between 32BJ SEIU and Delaware’s major commercial cleaning companies such as ABM Industries, Inc., Bravo Building Services, and GCA Services Group. 32BJ members clean prominent buildings in Wilmington including the DuPont Building, Brandywine Building, Chase Manhattan Center, Citizens Bank Center, and I. M. Pei Building. The contract is set to expire at 12:01 AM on January 1, 2012.

“We offered realistic proposals to ensure hard-working men and women receive the livable wages critical to supporting their families and strengthening our economy,” said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director. “The multi-billion dollar real estate industry can afford to give workers better than poverty-like wages and to ensure that tenants receive the professional service they want.”

More than half of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware, where wages for part-time workers are only $8.70 per hour ($9,048.00 annually). The federal poverty line for a family of four in the United States is $22,350 annually. With declining vacancy rates and rents on the rise, the commercial office market in Northern Delaware counties remains among the strongest in the metro area according to according to Marcus & Millichap.

“We work hard every day cleaning taking the trash out in this big bank,” said Emiliano Ortiz a cleaner of 5 years working at the Chase building. “We need a fair raise, our wages are not enough to support our families.” Ortiz who earns just $8.70 per hour, works two jobs to support his family.

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 in nine states, including 7,450 in Philadelphia and Delaware, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.

For more information, visit www.StandWithBuildingWorkers.org .

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Philadelphia Office Cleaners Ratify New 4-Year Contract Protecting More Than 2,600 Good Jobs

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Eugenio H. Villasante: 212-539-2940

Julie Karant: 646-584-9001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, October 24, 2011

 

PHILADELPHIA OFFICE CLEANERS RATIFY NEW 4-YEAR CONTRACT PROTECTING MORE THAN 2,600 GOOD JOBS

 Improved Wages will Help Boost Economy

Philadelphia, PA —  By a unanimous vote, Philadelphia’s commercial building service workers have ratified a new four-year contract covering  more than 2,600 workers that will provide an average cumulative pay increase of nearly 7 percent and a $600 bonus the first year. The 32BJ Bargaining Committee reached the agreement on October 18th with the Building Owners Labor Relations, Inc. (BOLR), an organization representing Philadelphia’s major commercial office building owners, managers, and cleaning companies such as ABM Industries, Inc., The Arthur Jackson Company, and Shellville Facility Services.

“The new contract is not just an important victory for building workers and working families, but for our economy and our city,” said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director. “In these tough times the workers who keep Philadelphia’s top corporate offices clean and maintained have stood up for the good middle class jobs our economy needs.”

The four-year agreement improves wages and maintains employer paid health care and pension.
“These are the kind of good jobs that our communities and our country need to keep our middle class strong,” said Valarie Long, 32BJ Vice President. “This victory sends a message to the top 1%: The 99% still believe in the American Dream.”

Philadelphia property service workers maintain corporate offices in Philadelphia, including Liberty Place, the Comcast Center and Commerce Square.

“I am happy for this agreement,” said Angel Castro who has been working in Center City for more than 11 years. “Our victory is going to inspire a lot folks out there who are looking for ways to work together and make this economy work for all.”

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 in nine states, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.

For more information, visit www.StandWithBuildingWorkers.org

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Great week for 32BJ- first wave ends in victory!

Over 14,000 Philadelphia and Capital Area office building cleaners won new contracts this week that raise pay, keep health care secure, and improve protections against unfair workloads and cuts to hours of work.

But it’s not over, until it’s over for everybody!

Leaders of the real industry that make part of America’s richest 1% want to push back our pay, benefits and rights on the job.

We, the 99%, will not stand for anything less than the good jobs that our families and communities count on to realize the American Dream.

Our fight for fair contracts for office building cleaners continues through the rest of 2011.  Together we will win strong contracts that defend good jobs for all!

Philly Tentative Agreement: Subject to Ratification

RATIFICATION VOTE
Saturday, October 22, 2011 • 11 AM
University City High School
3601 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

English Flier: Philly Tentative Agreement

WE STOOD UP TO PHILLY’S REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY – AND WE WON!

Across the country, employers have cut pay and benefits and attacked workers’ rights. We did not let that happen here. Employers tried to divide us by insisting that building engineers be allowed to cross our picket lines if we’d had to strike: We fought that back and stayed together.

By standing strong, we defended some of the last good service-sector jobs in our city.

LAST NIGHT, WE WON A NEW 4-YEAR AGREEMENT THAT INCLUDES:

  • $600 bonus in the 1st year, 2% pay raise in 2nd year, 2% pay raise in the third year, 2.75% in the 4th year.
  • Employer payments to keep our high-quality health care secure and our premiums 100% employer paid.
  • Protections to put a stop to employers unfairly cutting our hours.
  • A 401(K) for all workers (except supplemental employees) up to 40 hours per week.
  • Guaranteed holiday pay for 32BJ members on disability.
  • Pro-rated vacation pay for 32BJ members who retire during the year.
  • Job protection for members unfairly affected by a background check.

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New Contract in Philly

Last night, 32BJ Bargaining Committee announced a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, subject to ratification, covering more than 2,600 of Philadelphia’s building service workers that provide wage increases and maintains employer-paid health care coverage.

News round-up:

“This victory sends a message to the top 1%. The 99% still believe in the American Dream.” — Valarie Long, Vice President 32BJ (Quoted in NBC Philly Online, 10/19/2011)

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Philly Building Workers Avert Strike, Protect Jobs

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Eugenio H. Villasante 646 285 1087
Julie Karant 646 584 9001

PHILADELPHIA BUILDING SERVICE WORKERS AVERT STRIKE AND REACH NEW CONTRACT PROTECTING MORE THAN 2,600 GOOD JOBS
– New Contract Provides Raises and Maintains Healthcare-

SEIU 32BJ members rally in downtown Philly for good jobs. Philadelphia (September 28, 2011) - Photo by Dave Sanders.

Philadelphia, PA— The 32BJ Bargaining Committee tonight announced a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, subject to ratification, covering more than 2,600 of Philadelphia’s building service workers that provide wage increases and maintains employer-paid health care coverage. Over the next four years, the workers will receive an average cumulative pay increase of nearly 7 percent and a $600 bonus the first year.

“The new contract is not just an important victory for building workers and working families, but for our economy and our city,” said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director. “In these tough times the workers who keep Philadelphia’s top corporate offices clean and maintained have stood up for the good middle class jobs our economy needs.”

The four-year agreement improves wages and maintains employer paid health care and pension. Union members must still ratify the tentative agreement.

“These are the kind of good jobs that our communities and our country need to keep our middle class strong,” said Valarie Long, 32BJ Vice President. “This victory sends a message to the top 1%: The 99% still believe in the American Dream.”

Philadelphia property service workers maintain corporate offices in Philadelphia, including Liberty Place, the Comcast Center and Commerce Square.

“I am happy for this agreement,” said Angel Castro who has been working in Center City for more than 11 years. “Our victory is going to inspire a lot folks out there who are looking for ways to work together and make this economy work for all.”

The agreement was reached on October 18th at 11:00pm between the building service workers union 32BJ and the Building Owners Labor Relations, Inc. (BOLR), an organization representing Philadelphia’s major commercial office building owners, managers, and cleaning companies such as ABM Industries, Inc., The Arthur Jackson Company, and Shellville Facility Services.

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 in nine states, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.

For more information, visit www.StandWithBuildingWorkers.org