Media Advisory: Building Service Workers One Step Closer To Strike

32BJ of the Service Employees International Union

Media Advisory For:
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM

For More Information:

Eugenio H. Villasante: 212 539 2940
Julie Karant: 646-584-9001

BUILDING SERVICE WORKERS ONE STEP CLOSER TO STRIKE

– More than 2,600 Office Cleaners Could Walk Off Their Jobs if Agreement Not Reached
by October 19th at 12:01 AM –

Philadelphia, PA —Preparing for a possible strike that could paralyze Center City, 32BJ, the building service workers union will be holding a strike prep meeting on setting up picket lines at more than 100 buildings throughout Philadelphia, including Liberty Place, the Comcast Center, and Commerce Square. If an agreement is not reached by October 19th at 12:01AM more than 2,600 property service workers could walk out of their jobs.

Negotiations for a new union contract covering more than 2,600 property service workers in Philadelphia began on September 9th between 32BJ and representatives of the real estate industry. 32BJ presented its contract proposals to leaders of 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.

VISUAL: Workers making STRIKE signs as they prepare for a possible work stoppage.
WHAT: Strike Captains Meeting at 32BJ Union Office in Downtown Philadelphia.
WHEN: Saturday, October 15 at 2:30 pm
WHERE: 42 S. 15th St., Suite 200, Philadelphia
WHO: Philadelphia’s building service workers.

With more than 120,000 members in eight states, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

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Media Advisory: City Council Members to Sign

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO SIGN “GOOD JOBS, STRONG COMMUNITIES” PLEDGE TO URGE INDUSTRY LEADERS TO AVOID A STRIKE

Contract for 2,600 Office Cleaners expires at 12:01 AM on October 16th.

 Philadelphia, PA Members of the Philadelphia City Council including Maria Quinonez and Curtis Jones and community and labor allies will take a stand for the nearly 2,600 office cleaners who maintain landmark Center City buildings such as Liberty Place, the Comcast Center and Commerce Square, calling on industry leaders to agree to a fair contract for the workers and avoid a strike that could hurt the city.

On September 28th, Philadelphia’s office cleaners voted to authorize their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary, when their contract expires at 12:01 AM on October 16th.

 

WHAT: Elected Officials Sign Pledge in Support of Good Jobs- March and Rally for a Fair Contract

 

WHO:

Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez

Councilwoman Marian Tasco

Councilman Bill Green

Councilman Bill Greenlee

Councilman Wilson Goode

Councilman Curtis Jones

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

Hundreds of workers and allies

Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ’s Mid-Atlantic Director

 

WHEN:          Wednesday, October 12, 2011

at 3:00 PM

WHERE:        City Chambers and a rally will follow outside City Hall

With more than 120,000 members in eight states, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

Media Advisory: Council Member Graham to Rally with Cleaning Workers as Contract Expiration and Strike Threat Loom

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Karant:                646-584-9001

Eugenio H. Villasante: 212-539-2940

 

COUNCIL MEMBER GRAHAM TO RALLY WITH CLEANING WORKERS

AS CONTRACT EXPIRATION AND STRIKE THREAT LOOM  

Council Presidents from DC Region and Baltimore Support Fair Contract for 12,000 Office Cleaners 

Washington, DC – DC Council Member Jim Graham will join a rally on Wednesday with hundreds of cleaning workers from across the region who have authorized their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary, when their contract expires at 12:01 AM on October 16th.  Graham is among several dozen elected officials and community leaders who have signed a pledge to stand with nearly 12,000 of the region’s office cleaners in their efforts to win an agreement that includes a fair pay raise and more full-time jobs with benefits.

WHAT:          March and rally with hundreds of cleaning workers

 

WHO:             DC City Councilmember Jim Graham

CASA de MD Executive Director, Gustavo Torres

Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO President Jos Williams

32BJ SEIU President, Mike Fishman and Capital Area Director, Jaime Contreras

*Interviews can be arranged prior to event 

 

 

WHEN:          Wednesday, October 12, 2011

4:30 PM

WHERE:        Farragut Square Park – 17th and K streets

Washington, DC

 

Commercial 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.

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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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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CAD Media Advisory: Region’s Elected Officials to Stand With Cleaning Workers, Urge Industry Leaders to Avoid a Strike

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR 1:30 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2011

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Karant:                646-584-9001

Eugenio H. Villasante 212 539 2940

REGION’S ELECTED OFFICIALS TO STAND WITH CLEANING WORKERS, URGE INDUSTRY LEADERS TO AVOID A STRIKE

Elected Officials to Take Their Stand as Office Cleaners Announce Authorization to Strike

Washington, DC – Elected officials from the District, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia will today take a stand for nearly 12,000 of the region’s office cleaners, calling on industry leaders to agree to a fair contract for the workers and avoid a strike that could hurt the region. The public officials will make their announcement days after the region’s cleaning workers voted to authorize their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary. Speakers at today’s event will note that its venue – on Pennsylvania Avenue – has the fifth-highest office rent in North America.

WHAT:   Announcement of cleaning worker strike vote results

 

WHO:            DC City Councilmember Phil Mendelson

 

Montgomery County Council President, Valerie Ervin

VA State Senator, Mary Margaret Whipple

CASA de MD President, Padre Simón Bautista

Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO President Jos Williams

32BJ SEIU Capital Area Director, Jaime Contreras

 

*Interviews can be arranged prior to event

 

WHEN:   Monday, October 3, 2011

1:30 PM

WHERE:  20th & Pennsylvania Ave.

 

Commercial 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.

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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Media Advisory: Thousands of Cleaners from Philadelphia and Seven States to Rally for a Fair Contract

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR 12 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Eugenio H. Villasante 212 539 2940, 646 285 1087

Julie Karant:                646-584-9001

Maia Davis                  201-396-4444

THOUSANDS OF CLEANERS FROM PHILADELPHIA AND SEVEN STATES TO RALLY FOR A FAIR CONTRACT

 - Strike vote by Philadelphia members to follow rally with Rep. Brady -

 

Philadelphia, PA – Thousands of property service workers from Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, the Washington, D.C. region, Connecticut and Allegheny County will march and rally downtown on Wednesday to call for a fair contract. Among them will be some of the 2,600 building cleaners in Philadelphia fighting for a new contract with a fair wage increase, employer-paid family health care and retirement security. Contract negotiations are also underway for more than 12,000 commercial cleaners in the Wash., D.C. region and for 2,100 in Allegheny County. These negotiations mark the first round of a multistate campaign by 60,000 cleaners for new contracts that maintain and raise wage and benefit standards. Altogether, across the country, more than 150,000 property service workers in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are fighting for a fair contract from now through 2012. Following the rally, the Philadelphia-area cleaners will vote on whether to grant their bargaining committee the power to call a strike if necessary.

WHAT:                                     March, rally and strike vote

WHO:                                      Thousands of commercial office cleaners from Philadelphia, N.Y., N.J., Conn. Wash., D.C., Md., Del. Va., and Allegheny Co., Pa.

Congressman Bob Brady (D-Philadelphia)

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry

City Council members

Philadelphia labor leaders and other community supporters

 

*Interviews can be arranged prior to rally with SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry

 

WHEN:                                   Wednesday, September 28, 2011

March at 12 PM

Rally and strike vote at 1 PM

 

WHERE:                                  Dilworth Plaza, City Hall

15th & JFK

 

Rallies and marches will also be held in 21 other cities across the country, with property service workers and their supporters calling for the good jobs that build strong communities.

 

With more than 120,000 members in eight states, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, Local 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

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