Mid Atlantic District

With more than 120, 000 members, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country and one of the largest private sector unions in the Philadelphia area.

 
 

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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Press Release: Building Service Workers Extend Talks 3 Days, Chance of Stike Remains

32BJ of the Service Employees International Union

For Immediate Release:

October 14, 2011

For More Information:

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

BUILDING SERVICE WORKERS EXTEND TALKS 3 DAYS, CHANCE OF STRIKE REMAINS

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

Philadelphia, PA –In a concerted effort to reach a fair agreement and avoid a strike that would inconvenience the city of Philadelphia the property service workers union, 32BJ and the Building Owners Labor Relations, Inc. (BOLR), are extending contract negotiations for 3 more days.

However, since the two sides remain far apart, the union will be holding strike prep meetings this Saturday on setting up picket lines at more than 100 buildings throughout Center City , including Liberty Place, the Comcast Center, and Commerce Square if an agreement is not reached by October 19th at 12:01AM.

“Nobody wants a strike, but we’re ready to do what it takes to get workers what they need,” said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director. “Working families need wages that keep pace with the city’s high cost of living.”

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.

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 .

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Press Release: Property Service Workers Get Ready For A Possible Strike

32BJ of the Service Employees International Union

For Immediate Release:

October 14, 2011

For More Information:

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

PROPERTY SERVICE WORKERS GET READY FOR A POSSIBLE STRIKE

– More than 2,600 Corporate Office Cleaners Could Walk Off Their Jobs if Agreement Not Reached by Midnight Saturday –

Philadelphia, PA – More than 2,600 property service workers who maintain corporate offices in Philadelphia, including Liberty Place, the Comcast Center, and Commerce Square, are moving closer to a possible walkout, with strike-planning meetings scheduled Saturday. Strike captains have meanwhile been trained to provide instruction on setting up picket lines at more than 100 buildings throughout Center City if an agreement is not reached by Saturday, October 15th at midnight.

“Nobody wants a strike, but we’re committed and ready to do what it takes to get workers what they need,” said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director. “Working families need wages that keep pace with the city’s high cost of living.”

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.

“We offered realistic proposals to ensure hardworking men and women receive the wages critical to supporting their families and strengthening our economy,” MacManiman said. “The city’s multibillion dollar real estate industry can afford to give low-wage workers the raise they deserve, and ensure that tenants receive the professional service they want.”

Wages range from just over $12 per hour and up based on job duties. Workers receive paid holidays and after one year of service, paid vacation and personal days. The federal poverty line for a family of four in the United States is $22,350 annually.

The city’s downtown commercial office market is seeing stabilized rents and decreasing vacancies. Additionally, employment, rents, and construction are forecasted to increase.

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 .

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Press Release: Council Members Urge Industry Leaders to Avoid a Strike As Contract Expiration Date Looms

32BJ of the Service Employees International Union

For Immediate Release:

October 12, 2011

For More Information:

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

 

COUNCIL MEMBERS URGE INDUSTRY LEADERS TO AVOID A STRIKE AS CONTRACT EXPIRATION DATE LOOMS

Philadelphia Council Members Pledge Support for Fair Contract for 2,600 Office Cleaners

Philadelphia, PA – Members of the Philadelphia City Council including Maria Quinonez and Curtis Jones joined community and labor allies in taking a stand today for nearly 2,600 of the Philadelphia office cleaners who run landmark Center City buildings such as Liberty Place, the Comcast Center and Commerce Square. The elected officials called on industry leaders to agree to a fair contract and avoid a strike that could hurt the city. Philadelphia’s office cleaners voted two weeks ago to authorize their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary, when their contract expires at 12:01 AM on October 16th.

“As the real estate market appears to be rebounding, building owners, investors and those who work hard to maintain those buildings should be able to share in that prosperity,” said Councilwoman Maria Quinonez.

Councilwoman Quinonez spoke at a briefing on good jobs attended by hundreds of 32BJ SEIU members who clean prominent buildings in downtown Philadelphia.

Negotiations for a new union contract covering more than 2,600 property service workers in Philadelphia began on September 8th between 32BJ and representatives of the real estate industry. 32BJ has 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.

“The city’s multibillion-dollar real estate industry can afford to give low-wage workers the raise they deserve, and ensure that tenants receive the professional, high-quality service they want,” said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director said.

The city’s downtown commercial office market is seeing stabilized rents and decreasing vacancies. Additionally, employment, rents, and construction are forecasted to increase.

“A good, fair contract will provide working families with what they need, boost our economy, and generate much-needed tax revenue for local governments,” said Mike Fishman, 32BJ President. “Our campaign for good jobs is part of a national effort to rebuild the middle class, restore the economy, and reclaim the American Dream for millions of families.”

Wages for property service workers under the contract are $12 per hour and up based on job duties. Workers receive paid holidays and after one year of service get paid vacation and personal days. The federal poverty line for a family of four in the United States is $22,350 annually.

“I’ve got two kids in college, a mortgage to pay and groceries,” said Angel Castro , a cleaner and father of three working in Center City. “I’m struggling like many people here every day.”

Property service workers in Philadelphia 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 eight states, including 7,000 in Philadelphia, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

For more information, visit www.standwithbuildingworkers.org .

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Today (Oct 12) in NYC, Philly and DC!

Wednesday October 12

These events coincides with the expiration this fall of contracts for more than 60,000 office cleaners from Hartford to Washington, DC.

New York City
2:00 PM – March Bowling Green to New York Stock Exchange 

Philadelphia, PA
3:30 PM – City Chambers and a rally will follow outside City Hall

Washington, DC
4:30 PM – Farragut Square Park (17th and K Streets)

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.

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.

Tomorrow: Rallies in NYC, DC, and Philly

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.

Wednesday October 12

New York City
2:00 PM – March Bowling Green to New York Stock Exchange 

Philadelphia, PA
3:30 PM – City Chambers and a rally will follow outside City Hall

Washington, DC
4:30 PM – Farragut Square Park (17th and K Streets)

These events coincides with the expiration this fall of contracts for more than 60,000 office cleaners from Hartford to Washington, DC.

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.

9 days till our contract expires in the Mid-Atlantic

A message from Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic District Area Leader:

Our contract expires in 9 days. This is a critical time in our fight to win a new agreement that defends good jobs.

Please join 32BJ President Mike Fishman and me on the phone on Thursday, October 13 at 2:30 pm for up-to-date news on contract negotiations. Every 32BJ member of the Mid-Atlantic District is invited to participate in this call. It’s for members only. We will discuss 32BJ’s unionwide contract fight, give an update from the Philadelphia bargaining table, talk about what happens if there’s a strike and answer questions

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.

Your energy and involvement make all the difference in this fight. Stay informed and involved in these important days. Click here for details about the call on Thursday, October 13 at 2:30 pm. It’ll be available in English, Spanish and Polish.

Video: Rally for Good Jobs in Philadelphia

Check out this video from the rally in Philadelphia last week (09/28/2011).

Speakers include:

Mike Fishman
President 32BJ SEIU
Valarie Long
Vice President 32BJ SEIU
Juanita Acree
32BJ SEIU Member – Philadelphia
Wayne MacManiman
32BJ SEIU Mid-Atlantic District Director
Cheryl Adams
32BJ SEIU Member – Philadelphia
Rosa Cox
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Carlos Ramos
32BJ SEIU Member – New Jersey
Frederick R. Deas
32BJ SEIU Member – Philadelphia
Jose Regalado
32BJ SEIU Member – New Jersey
Rodrigo Mendez
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Jacinto Quinonez
32BJ SEIU Member – New Jersey
Patricia Arcila-Cabrera
32BJ SEIU Staff – New Jersey
Jim Bird
32BJ SEIU Member – Pittsburgh
Sara Pastorelli
32BJ SEIU Member – Connecticut
Ana Rodriguez
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Tony McIntosh
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Safet Lukolic
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Maria Ruiz
32BJ SEIU Member – New York
Clara Castillo
32BJ SEIU Member – Washington, DC
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady
Pennsylvania’s First District
Robert Tucker
32BJ SEIU Member – Philadelphia
Kevin Doyle
Executive Vice President 32BJ SEIU
Mary Kay Henry
SEIU International President
Hector Figueroa
Secretary Treasurer 32BJ SEIU

Video: Member Interviews from Philly Rally

Philadelphia, PA (9/28/2011) – Thousands of property service workers from Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, the Washington, D.C.-area, Connecticut and Delaware, rallied downtown last week to call for a fair contract in Philadelphia. They were joined by Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) and President of the Service Employees International Union, Mary Kay Henry. Contract negotiations are underway for more than 2,600 building cleaners in Philadelphia, who are fighting for a fair wage increase and secure benefits.

More interviews:

A Message from Mike

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

      2,000 members of 32BJ marched in the streets of Philadelphia yesterday demanding fair contracts and good jobs. Click here to see photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/32bj/sets/72157627782061910/ .

      We came from New York City and the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, the Washington, D.C.-area, Connecticut, Delaware and Western Pennsylvania to join with Philly members because we are one union united in one fight.

      The first wave in our campaign is Philadelphia, the D.C. area and Pittsburgh, where contracts expire in October. Our march told employers in every 32BJ city that we will stand together in these cities — and everywhere — until we win good, strong contracts for all 60,000 32BJ commercial office cleaners, janitors and building service workers.

      Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU, joined us yesterday in Philadelphia for the march. Our fight is part of a much larger campaign for all property service workers. Contracts expire for more than 150,000 SEIU janitors across the country in the next year. We all share the same goal: To defend good jobs that support our families, strengthen our communities and get our economy on track. SEIU members rallied in 22 cities yesterday to send this message nationwide.

      Yesterday was exciting — and important. I urge you to stay involved as we fight on. Our success depends on our solidarity, our resolve — and our action.

      Yours in solidarity,

      Mike Fishman, 32BJ President

Press Release: Thousands of Property Service Workers Rally for Good Jobs

 

32BJ of SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Eugenio H. Villasante  646 285 1087

Julie Karant:                646-584-9001

Maia Davis                  201-396-4444

THOUSANDS OF PROPERTY SERVICE WORKERS RALLY FOR GOOD JOBS

-       Philadelphia Cleaners Vote to Authorize Strike -

-       Rep. Brady Joins Rally; Property Service Workers Rally in 21 Other Cities Across the Country -

Philadelphia, PA – Thousands of property service workers from Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, the Washington, D.C.-area, Connecticut and Delaware, rallied downtown today to call for a fair contract in Philadelphia. They were joined by Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) and President of the Service Employees International Union, Mary Kay Henry. Contract negotiations are underway for more than 2,600 building cleaners in Philadelphia, who are fighting for a fair wage increase and secure benefits.

Following the rally, the Philadelphia property service workers voted to give their bargaining committee the power to call for a strike, if necessary. A strike, if one occurs, could affect more than 100 buildings, including Liberty Tower, Comcast Center and Commerce Square. The current contract expires at 12:01 a.m. on October 16, 2011.

“Today’s strike vote shows we’re determined to keep our city a place that working families can afford to call home,” said Wayne MacManiman, Mid-Atlantic Director for 32BJ. “Our members are determined to protect their good jobs, which are critical to their families, their communities, and to the thousands of tenants who depend on these workers’ services.”

Negotiations began on September 8th between 32BJ, the city’s largest private-sector union, and leaders of Building Operators Labor Relations, Inc. (BOLR), an organization representing Philadelphia’s major commercial office building owners, managers, and cleaning companies.

“The real estate industry in Philadelphia surely has the money to keep the benefits that keep our children healthy,” said Angel Castro, a cleaner in Center City who has three children. “I’ve got two kids in college, a mortgage to pay, groceries to buy. I’m struggling like many people these days.”

Philadelphia and the Washington, D.C. area are the first of several cities where contract negotiations will occur this fall. Altogether, 60,000 commercial members from Northern Virginia to Connecticut and Philadelphia to Pittsburgh are united in a campaign to secure new contracts that protect good jobs.

“Our city, our state, and our country need for working people to get the fair pay and decent benefits they deserve,” Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa.) said. “A win for commercial office cleaners in this contract fight will be a win for all of us.”

“At a time when American workers are under attack, 32BJ members are standing together for the good jobs our communities and our country needs,” said Mike Fishman, President of 32BJ, the nation’s largest union of property service workers.  “Not just here in Philadelphia, but in twenty two cities across the country today.”

“The 2,600 property service workers here in Philadelphia who are bargaining to keep good jobs alive are not in this fight alone,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “Across the country, more than 150,000 janitors over the next year will be sitting across the table from their employer—bargaining contracts to defend good jobs and rebuild the middle class.”

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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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

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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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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Los Angeles

Orange County/Irvine

Sacramento

San Diego/La Jolla

San Francisco

San Jose

Denver

Chicago

Indianapolis

Boston

Detroit

Milwaukee

Kansas City

St Louis

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Columbus

Toledo

Portland

Philadelphia

Providence

Houston

Seattle

Update, 9/27/2011: 22 cities!

Bargaining Begins in Three Major Metro Areas

Washington DC | Philadelphia | Pittsburgh

32BJ has begun important negotiations for new contracts for our members in three districts: the Capital Area District, the Mid-Atlantic District and Western PA.

“A good, fair contract will provide working families with what they need, our economy with a boost and local governments with more tax revenue,” said Mike Fishman, 32BJ President. “Our campaign for good jobs is part of a national effort to rebuild the middle class, restore the economy, and reclaim the American Dream for millions of families.”

Here’s what our members are saying about the contract negotiations:

“Our workload is growing, but not our wages.”
- Oscar
Washington, DC
“I’ve got two kids in college, a mortgage to pay and groceries, I’m struggling like many people here every day.”
- Angel
Philadephia, PA
“When companies pay better, people stay and do a better job. Everybody wins.”
- Robert
Pittsburgh, PA
  • In the Capital Area, negotiations began for 5,000 commercial cleaners in Washington, D.C., nearly 4,000 in Northern Virginia, over 1,500 in Montgomery County, MD and over 700 in Baltimore on September 8, 2011.
  • In Philadelphia, negotiations began concerning more than 2,600 property service workers on September 9, 2011.
  • In Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, negotiations began concerning more than 2,100 commercial office cleaners on September 13, 2011.

 

Press Release: Contract Talks Open for More Than 2,600 Philadelphia Property Service Workers

32BJ of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION                                          

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Karant: 646-584-9001

Matt Nerzig: 917 584-0787

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL:

1:00 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2011

CONTRACT TALKS OPEN FOR MORE THAN 2,600 PHILADELPHIA PROPERTY SERVICE WORKERS 

Union Proposals Focus on Fair Wage Increases as Office Market Strengthens

Philadelphia, PA – Negotiations for a new union contract covering more than 2,600 property service workers in Philadelphia began on Friday 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.

“We offered realistic proposals to ensure hard-working men and women receive the wages critical to supporting their families and strengthening our economy,” said Wayne MacManiman, 32BJ Mid-Atlantic Director. “The city’s multi-billion dollar real estate industry can afford to give low-wage workers the raise they deserve, and ensure that tenants receive the professional service they want.”

Wages range from just over $12 per hour and up based on job duties. Workers receive paid holidays and after one year of service, paid vacation and personal days. The federal poverty line for a family of four in the United States is $22,350 annually.

The city’s downtown commercial office market is seeing stabilized rents and decreasing vacancies. Additionally, employment, rents, and construction are forecasted to increase.

“A good, fair contract will provide working families with what they need, our economy with a boost and local governments with more tax revenue,” said Mike Fishman, 32BJ President. “Our campaign for good jobs is part of a national effort to rebuild the middle class, restore the economy, and reclaim the American Dream for millions of families.”

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.

“I’ve got two kids in college, a mortgage to pay and groceries,” said Angel Castro, a cleaner and father of three working in Center City. “I’m struggling like many people here every day.”

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.

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Philadelphia Plans Strike Vote & Rally

Contracts covering 2,400 office building cleaners in Philadelphia expire on October 15. We are united for good jobs that keep our communities strong and give our kids a future!

PHILADELPHIA STRIKE VOTE & RALLY

Wednesday, September 28
12 Noon
Meeting Place: 15th St. and JFK Blvd.
(Municipal Service Building Plaza)

Download Leaflet for Strike Vote and Rally, Philadelphia – PDF

Wilmington bus pick-up information
Time: 10:30 am
Location: 100 N. West Street, Wilmington, DE

Download Leaflet with Wilmington Bus Info – PDF

Philly suburbs bus pic k-up information
Time: 10:30 am
Location: St. Patrick’s Church, 714 Dekalb Street, Norristown, PA

Download Leaflet with Philly Suburbs Bus Info – PDF

 

Justice for Janitors Day 2011

32BJ members honor the legacy of the Justice for Janitors campaign annually on June 15th. We remember the incredible organizing efforts of those janitors and cleaners who decided to join together and take action to demand respect and a better life. This year we had events June 11-17 in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

Press Coverage

Justice for Janitors in New York Metro:

Justice for Janitors in Connecticut:

Justice for Janitors in New Jersey:

Justice for Janitors in Washington, DC:

  • Jaime Contreras / SEIU Local 32BJ
    Noticias a las 11 WFDC (UNI) Washington DC 06/15/11 11:00-11:30 PM Length: 02:26
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Justice for Janitors in Western Pennsylvania:

  • SEIU Local 32BJ – Rally For Better Pay
    11 News at 5 WPXI (NBC) Pittsburgh 06/15/11 5-6 PM Length: 00:40 
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March for the Middle Class in New York City: