Baltimore Electeds Urge Leaders to Avoid Strike

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore City Councilman-elect Nick Mosby and Baltimore City Councilman Bill Cole today took 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. Just days ago, the region’s cleaning workers voted to authorize their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary.

Councilmen Rally with Hundreds of Office Cleaners in Baltimore, MD 10.05.2011

The Campaign Starts in Philadelphia: Rally Coverage

Rally today in Philadelphia! We are demonstrating for the good jobs we need to support our families, and which our nation needs to regain its footing after the worst economic crisis to hit in a generation. We are all standing together on the same day in this fight for good jobs because the contracts for some 150,000 building service workers, including 60,000 in 32BJ Districts, will soon be expiring from coast to coast.

UPDATE 10/04/2011: Video

UPDATE, 11:21 AM 9/28/2011:
Incoming photos on Flickr: Philadelphia Commercial Contract Rally 09.28.2011

To add your photos, email us: photos@seiu32bj.org!

Here are what some people are saying on Twitter:

@seiu: RT @elizaj: Goodbye, Philly! Awesome rally with @32BJ_SEIU members! One union! PHOTOS posted: http://t.co/r4Cv8xnU

@green4philly: At the SEIU 32BJ rally in Dilworth Plaza. http://t.co/BWBaotzB

@tanyalias: We got thousands in the street – hey corporations do your part! #j4j http://t.co/Deg1n0zD

You can follow rallies in Philly and 22 other cities on twitter: Search for #j4j (Justice 4 Janitors) on Twitter

Update, 5:49 PM: Press Coverage is starting to roll in

The Campaign for GOOD JOBS Starts in Philadelphia

UPDATE, 5:55 PM 9/28/2011:
More photos, press, and social media coverage of the rallies.

UPDATE, 11:21 AM 9/28/2011:
Incoming photos on Flickr: GOOD JOBS RALLY IN PHILLY To add your photos, email us: photos@seiu32bj.org!

WHAT: Rally for Good Jobs & Strong Communities
WHO: 2,000 32BJ members and supporters
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry
32BJ President Mike Fishman
Congressman Bob Brady
WHERE: Dilworth Park, Centre City, Philadelphia
WHEN: 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, Sept 28th

On September 28 in Philadelphia — and in 21 22 other cities across the country — thousands of SEIU members and our supporters will rally for the good jobs we need to support our families, and which our nation needs to regain its footing after the worst economic crisis to hit in a generation. We are all standing together on the same day in this fight for good jobs because the contracts for some 150,000 building service workers, including 60,000 in 32BJ Districts, will soon be expiring from coast to coast.

As we go to the negotiating table to fight for good jobs, we do so knowing that this fight is part of a larger campaign for the good jobs across our country needs.

Bargaining has begun in three major metro areas.

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Northern Virginia Office Cleaners Rally for Good Jobs, Strong Communities ‪‪‬‬

4,000 Cleaners Demand Wage Increases from Region’s Strongest Office ‪Markets

Arlington, VA (9/20/2011) — Nearly one hundred mostly immigrant office cleaners rallied on Tuesday to ask for their chance to share in the American Dream. The workers, who earn as little as $9 an hour, called upon Northern Virginia’s commercial real estate industry to share the wealth that was created with the workers’ help, a move that would benefit the local economy as well as working families.

Photos on Flickr: Northern Virginia Office Cleaners Rally for Good Jobs, Strong Communities ‪‪‬‬

Cleaners Rally for Good Jobs in Bethesda

Bethesda, MD (9/15/2011) — About 50 members of 32BJ rallied outside the Metro station to support a fair contract. Negotiations began on September 8, 2011 for more than 1,500 contracted cleaners in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Photos on Flickr: Cleaners Rally for Good Jobs in Bethesda

From the Washington Hispanic, 9/16/2011:

“Jaime Contreras, Director del Área Capital de la 32BJ, expresa con indignación …, expresando que muchos de estos empleados han trabajado por anos par alas compañías, las cuales han crecido empresarialmente y para los empleados la carga de trabajo ha ido creciendo, … ‘estas son empresas multimillonarias de bienes raíces y empresas comerciales que pueden permitirse darles el aumento de sueldo a los trabajadores de limpieza’, agrega.”

Translation:

“Jaime Contreras, 32BJ Capital Area Director, expressed outrage …, saying that many of these employees have worked for years for these companies, whose business has grown and for employees their workload has grown, …, ‘These are multimillion dollar real estate companies and commercial enterprises who can afford to give pay raises to the janitors,’ he adds.”

16 SEPT 2011 | Continúana la espera de mejora salariales | (Washington Hispanic, Edición Impresa: Sección A / Imagen de la página 5A)

Cleaners and Security Officers Rally in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA (9/15/2011) – The men and women who clean and secure the Pittsburgh headquarters of Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Healthcare Systems (WPAHS) engaged in street theater on Thursday to protest their lack of access to affordable health care and poverty-like wages. Cleaners, employed by Triangle Services, and security officers, employed by Cauley Security Services, conducted mock healthcare screenings and asked tenants of the office building to donate food. The closure of Isabella Street for the event added to the theater-like atmosphere.

Photos on Flickr: Cleaners and Security Officers Rally in Pittsburgh

Press release for this event.