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.
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.
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.