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.
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.
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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 –
- National: Thousands Rally in 22 Cities Today to Support Good Jobs Our Economy Needs
- 10:58 AM Eastern – Wednesday, September 28, 2011
- Chicago: SEIU Local 1 workers rally for better jobs, wages
- Chicago Tribune | 4:37 p.m. CDT, September 28, 2011
- Philadelphia: Union rallies, OKs strike
- Metro Philadelphia | September 29, 2011
- Philadelphia: Cleaners From PA and Other States Rally for New Contract
- publicnewsservice.org | September 29, 2011
- Philadelphia: Janitors rally in Philadelphia as they authorize a strike
- newsworks.org | WHYY | September 28, 2011
- LA: 500 Workers Will March & Rally for Good Jobs at LAX Today
- laist.com | September 28, 2011 11:00 AM
- Providence: Students rally against foreclosures
- The Brown Daily Herald | September 29, 2011
- Providence: 70 protest at Bank of America in Providence
- The Providence Journal | September 28, 2011
UPDATE, 5:55 PM 9/28/2011:
More photos, press, and social media coverage of the rallies.
UPDATE, 11:21 AM 9/28/2011:
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On September 28 in Philadelphia — and in
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.
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Update, 9/27/2011: 22 cities!
On September 22, members of 32BJ rallied in Silver Spring, Maryland to support a fair contract. Negotiations began on September 8, 2011 for more than 1,500 contracted cleaners in Montgomery County, Maryland.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.