Press Release: Hundreds of Office Cleaners Rally on Wall Street for Good Jobs

32BJ of the Service Employees International Union

For Immediate Release:

October 12, 2011

 

For More Information:

Kwame Patterson: 312-371-2485

Matt Nerzig: 212-539-2882

 

HUNDREDS OF OFFICE CLEANERS RALLY ON WALL STREET FOR GOOD JOBS

New York, NY—To spotlight the need for good jobs and the growing wealth gap between the ultra rich and working people, hundreds of office cleaners, along with union supporters and groups such as Occupy Wall Street marched and rallied today to the New York Stock Exchange.

“Thousands of hardworking men and women are rallying all over the country to demand some of the same things as Occupy Wall Street,” said Kevin Doyle Executive Vice President of 32BJ SEIU. “Working people need good jobs that provide fair wages and secure benefits so they can raise their families, send their kids to college, retire with some security, and get our economy moving.”

The march and rally coincided with the expiration this fall of contracts for more than 60,000 office cleaners from Hartford to Virginia– including some 25,000 men and women in New York City, whose contract expires on December 31, 2011.

In Philadelphia, the 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 12:01 a.m. on October 16, 2011.

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

“Our members are determined to protect their good jobs, which are critical to their families, their communities, and to the thousands of tenants who depend on these workers’ services,” Doyle said.

With more than 120,000 members, including 70,000 in New York, 32BJ is the largest private-sector union in the state.

 

For more information, visit www.standwithbuildingworkers.org .

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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.

Media Advisory: Hundreds of Office Cleaners to Rally on Wall Street for Good Jobs

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION                            

 

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Kwame Patterson: 212-388-3676; 312-371-2485

Matt Nerzig:            212-539-2882

 

HUNDREDS OF OFFICE CLEANERS TO RALLY ON WALL STREET FOR GOOD JOBS

New York, NY— 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 to the New York Stock Exchange.

The event coincides with the expiration this fall of contracts for more than 60,000 office cleaners from Hartford to Washington, DC – including more than 20,000 men and women in New York City.

 

WHAT:   March & Rally For Good Jobs

 

WHO:    Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (invited)

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer (invited)

Office Cleaners from Across New York City

Kevin Doyle, 32BJ Executive Vice President

Hector Figueroa, 32BJ Secretary Treasurer

Workers from art auctioneer Sotheby’s; Verizon CWA workers; UnitedNY

Occupy Wall Street protesters (invited)

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 2pm

 

WHERE:  Bowling Green to the New York Stock Exchange (Broad and Exchange)

 

March toward the New York Stock Exchange starts at 2:30pm from Bowling Green; Rally Starts at 3:00pm

With more than 120,000 members, including 70,000 in New York, 32BJ is the largest private-sector union in the state. For more information, visit www.standwithbuildingworkers.org .

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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: 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:

NYM: Join Us on Oct 12 for March & Rally on Wall Street

MARCH & RALLY
Wednesday, OCTOBER 12
2 pm
Meeting Place: Bowling Green Park
(at Beaver and Whitehall Streets)
Take the #4 or #5 to Bowling Green;
the R or W to Whitehall; or the #1 to South Ferry

Stand up for good jobs!

Contracts covering 30,000 office building cleaners in New York City expire on December 31. We are united for good jobs that keep our communities strong and give our kids a future!

We’re part of 32BJ SEIU, the largest union of property service workers in the U.S. Altogether 60,000 office building cleaners – from Connecticut to Virginia – are in tough contract fights this fall. By standing together, we can withstand the pushback from employers and win fair contracts in every 32BJ district.

[Download the Wall Street Rally Leaflet (English/Español)]

A Message from Mike

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

      2,000 members of 32BJ marched in the streets of Philadelphia yesterday demanding fair contracts and good jobs. Click here to see photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/32bj/sets/72157627782061910/ .

      We came from New York City and the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, the Washington, D.C.-area, Connecticut, Delaware and Western Pennsylvania to join with Philly members because we are one union united in one fight.

      The first wave in our campaign is Philadelphia, the D.C. area and Pittsburgh, where contracts expire in October. Our march told employers in every 32BJ city that we will stand together in these cities — and everywhere — until we win good, strong contracts for all 60,000 32BJ commercial office cleaners, janitors and building service workers.

      Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU, joined us yesterday in Philadelphia for the march. Our fight is part of a much larger campaign for all property service workers. Contracts expire for more than 150,000 SEIU janitors across the country in the next year. We all share the same goal: To defend good jobs that support our families, strengthen our communities and get our economy on track. SEIU members rallied in 22 cities yesterday to send this message nationwide.

      Yesterday was exciting — and important. I urge you to stay involved as we fight on. Our success depends on our solidarity, our resolve — and our action.

      Yours in solidarity,

      Mike Fishman, 32BJ President