Save the Date: NYC Rally on December 14

We are standing strong to defend the standards that our families and communities count on — and we’re taking our message to the street.What: Rally for a Fair Contract
When: Wednesday, December 14
Where: To Be Announced

 Flier, Rally (12/14/2011) – English/Español

I will be there on December 14 to fight for good jobs!

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Dec 1st: NYC Strike Vote and March for Good Jobs

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1

SEND A MESSAGE TO EMPLOYERS: We cannot – we will not – let you push back our pay, benefits and rights on the job. Take a stand with New York’s working families, unions, community groups and others for an economy that works for everyone!
32BJ NYC Commercial Cleaners

Sheraton Hotel (53rd St. & 7th Ave.)
Take the B, D, or E train to the 7th Ave. stop
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All 32BJ Members

5th Avenue and 33rd Street
Take the B, D, F or M train to the 34th St. stop, or the 6 train to the 33rd St. stop
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Contract Talks Open For Over 22,000 NYC Office Cleaners

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Matt Nerzig: 212-539-2882; 917-584-0787
Kwame Patterson: 312-371-2485

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 15, 2011

CONTRACT TALKS OPEN FOR MORE THAN 22,000 NEW YORK CITY OFFICE CLEANERS

– Union Proposals Focus on Protecting Good Jobs to Strengthen the Economy –

Start of bargaining in New York City

We’re not asking to get rich, we just need fair wages and benefits to be able to survive in this city.
Emma Mehmedovic, midtown office cleaner

New York, NY— Negotiations for a new contract covering more than 22,000 commercial office building cleaners began today when 32BJ, the city’s largest private-sector union, presented its proposals to the Realty Advisory Board (RAB) — an association representing most of the city’s commercial building owners, managers, and cleaning contractors.

“Our proposals are aimed at preserving good jobs and maintaining the middle class that our city’s economy needs to grow,” said Mike Fishman, President of 32BJ. “When thousands of hardworking men and women win good jobs with decent wages and benefits, it’s a win for working families, our communities and the economy.”

Real Estate Industry on the Upswing

Contract talks open as the $22 billion Manhattan commercial real estate industry experiences its busiest third quarter in three years — with sales activity reaching $6.3 billion, according to Crain’s. That puts 2011 on track to be the third highest total-sales year on record, surpassed only by the boom years of 2006 and 2007. In addition, there have been six straight quarters of rental gains with top quality buildings up 10.7 percent in the past 12 months, according to CoStar.

Working Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet

The top rate for commercial office cleaners represented by 32BJ is $22.65 an hour or $47,000 annually, significantly less than the household income that independent researchers have shown is necessary to support a family of four.

“With the real estate industry back on track, there is no excuse to keep office cleaners from getting the wages they need to continue to make ends meet.” Fishman said.

Building Worker Strike Could Affect More than 1,500 Office Buildings

Failure to reach a new contract by December 31, 2011, could lead to a strike of more than 22,000 commercial property service workers at more than 1,500 buildings, including landmarks such as Rockefeller Center, the Met Life building and the Empire State Building.

“I have to support my wife and kids,” said Ivan Almendarez, a commercial office cleaner in downtown Manhattan. “I can’t afford to go backwards.”

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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New Contracts for Pittsburgh Commercial Office Cleaners


32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Karant: 646-584-9001

Jennifer England: 412-513-9091

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

NEW 4-YEAR CONTRACTS FOR ALLEGHENY COUNTY COMMERCIAL OFFICE CLEANERS PROTECTS MORE THAN 1,200 GOOD JOBS

Labor-Management Accord to Help Boost Economy and Ensure Quality Service for Tenants

 

Pittsburgh, PA – The 32BJ Bargaining Committee today announced tentative agreement on four-year contracts, subject to ratification, covering more than 1,200 commercial office cleaners in Allegheny County. The new contracts will provide reasonable wage increases and stabilize health care costs over the next four years.

“I’m proud to say labor and management have come together to do what’s best for Pittsburgh,” said Gabe Morgan, 32BJ Pennsylvania State Director. “This is a win-win agreement that benefits businesses, workers and tenants alike.”

 

32BJ worked with Quality Services Inc. and other cleaning contractors such ISS Facility Services, ABM Industries Inc., and St. Moritz Building to reach the four-year agreements. Union members must still ratify the tentative agreements.

 

“These contracts will help ensure a more professionalized workforce and provide the training necessary to improve industry standards,” said Hermaine Delaney, 32BJ Area Director, Western Pennsylvania and chief negotiator. “Making sure the men and women who keep our offices clean, safe and running smoothly get paid fairly is a smart investment in both our economy and into maintaining these properties.”
Members of 32BJ SEIU clean most major commercial office buildings in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, including at the Southside Works Complex, the PPG Buildings, the USX Tower, the PNC Bank buildings, Gateway Center, the Koppers Building, and Bayer.

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.

 

“These are the kind of good jobs that are essential to rebuilding the middle class and the economic well-being of our cities,” said Valarie Long, 32BJ Vice President. “Cleaners in Pittsburgh are united with 32BJ members up and down the East Coast in a campaign to help more working families reclaim the American Dream.”

 

With more than 120,000 members, including 5,000 in Western Pennsylvania, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

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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 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

DC-Metro, Baltimore Ratification Vote on Saturday

No strike in Baltimore, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland! A tentative agreement was reached. Ratification vote is this SATURDAY:

  • Baltimore at 10:00 AM (32BJ Office 7-9 Mulberry Street)
  • Silver Spring at 2:00 PM (Woodside United Methodist Church 8900 Georgia Avenue)
  • Washington, D.C. at 4:00 PM (St Stephens and the Incarnation, 1525 Newton Street NW)
  • Northern Virginia at 4:00 PM (Culmore United Methodist Church 5901 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church)

Read the Press Release about the Tentative Agreement

New Contract for DC-Metro/Baltimore Office Cleaners!

 

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Julie Karant: 646-584-9001
Eugenio H. Villasante: 212-539-2940
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, October 16, 2011

NEW 4-YEAR CONTRACT FOR DC-METRO/BALTIMORE OFFICE CLEANERS PROTECTS 12,000 GOOD JOBS

Strike Averted Less Than 24 Hours before Expiration

Washington, DC – The 32BJ Bargaining Committee tonight announced tentative agreement on a four-year contract, subject to ratification, covering nearly 12,000 of the region’s office cleaners that provide wage increases. Over the next four years, cleaners will receive an average yearly pay increase of 4%.

“This is not just a win for working families and our communities, but it ensures tenants will receive professional service and gives our economy a much-needed boost,” said Jaime Contreras, 32BJ Capital Area Director.

32BJ reached the four-year agreement with the Washington Service Contractors Association, an organization representing the area’s major commercial cleaning companies, just 24 hours before the contract was set to expire. Union members must still ratify the tentative agreements.

“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.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.
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.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
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.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
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.

BALTIMORE
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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