Tentative Agreement Reached in NYC!

 

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, December 30, 2011

NEW YEAR’S STRIKE AVERTED; NYC OFFICE CLEANERS REACH NEW CONTRACT PROTECTING MORE THAN 22,000 GOOD JOBS

– New 4-Year Contract Provides Raises and Maintains Healthcare and Other Key Benefits –

New York, NY — The 32BJ Bargaining Committee tonight announced a tentative agreement with the Realty Advisory Board (RAB) on a four-year contract covering more than 22,000 New York City office cleaners that provides a nearly 5.6% wage increase over the life of the contract and bonuses totaling $1,100.00. The agreement, which must still be ratified, maintains fully employer-paid family health care coverage.

“The new contract is not just an important victory for office cleaners and their families, but for our economy and our city,” said Hector Figueroa, Secretary-Treasurer of 32BJ. “In these tough times the workers who keep New York City’s corporate offices and landmark buildings clean and well maintained have stood up for the good middle class jobs our economy and our city needs.”

New York City office building workers clean and maintain major buildings and locations including the Rockefeller Center, the MetLife Building, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, Port Authority, and the Time Warner Center.

“I am happy with this agreement,” said Ivan Almendarez who is a cleaner at New York University. “Keeping my healthcare and getting wage increases will go a long way toward helping me raise my kids and take care of my ailing wife.”

In the last three months, 32BJ has reached new, multiyear contracts for more than 50,000 workers from Hartford, CT to Northern Virginia in a regionwide campaign to promote good jobs and stronger communities.

“Good jobs are essential to rebuilding the middle class and strengthening our economic recovery,” said President Fishman. “From the outset, this regionwide contract campaign has been part of a nationwide effort to protect the good jobs working people need to support their families and our cities’ need to get back on track.”

The agreement also calls for the establishment of a joint 32BJ-real estate industry project to promote economic development and good jobs. The project, which will be guided by directors from both 32BJ and the real estate industry, will explore ways for the union and the industry to work together to advance robust and responsible development in New York City.

With more than 120,000 members, including 70,000 in New York, 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country and the largest private-sector union in the state. For more information, visit www.StandWithBuildingWorkers.org

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What’s at Stake? Healthcare for Our Families

New York office cleaners are fighting for good jobs – jobs that provide a decent wage, health care and retirement security, jobs that give working families the opportunity for a brighter future. 32BJ members are among New York’s working families already struggling to get by. We can’t accept cuts to our pay and benefits that would make it that much harder to support our families.

Pledge your support to the office cleaners fighting for good jobs!

1 Day

Only 1 day remains before the expiration of the contract covering thousands of office cleaners in New York City. These contracts expire on January 1, 2012 at 12:01 am.

We are also in contract talks for the Philadelphia Suburbs which expire on January 16, 2012 at 12:01 am.

We have tentative agreements for office cleaners in Hartford & New Haven, Conn.; New Jersey; Delaware; and Fairfield County, Conn. & Hudson Valley Office Cleaners.

What can you do?

 

Donate Food: Help SUPPORT 32BJ Families

Look for the 32BJ box at any of the locations below.

22,000 New York office cleaners are in the last days of negotiations. And it’s not looking good. Employers are still insisting on major cuts to pay and benefits.

32BJ members are among New York’s working families already struggling to get by. We just can’t accept cuts that would make it that much harder to support our families.

PLEASE DONATE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD TO 32BJ OFFICE CLEANERS AS WE PREPARE FOR A STRIKE.

Look for the 32BJ box at these locations:

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Call 212-388-3863 if your organization can volunteer to be a collection site. If we reach a fair agreement with employers in time to avert a strike, we’ll donate everything to a local food pantry.

Janitors in More Than 12 Cities Across the Country Pledge Support to NYC Cleaners

Service Employees International Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       

Thursday, December 29, 2011  

 

CONTACT: Renee Asher, 202-355-8318

 

As Jan. 1 Strike Deadline Looms…
Janitors in More Than 12 Cities Across the Country Pledge Support to NYC Cleaners

NEW YORK, NY— As a contract deadline looms in New York City for 22,000 office cleaners represented by SEIU 32BJ, janitors in more than12 cities across the country including Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angles have pledged to honor picket lines should the strike spread outside of New York City.

Cleaners in New York City represented by SEIU32BJ could strike as soon as January 1st if a deal is not reached with New York City’s $20 billion real estate industry.

The showdown comes in the midst of wide-scale public protests over income inequality between the very wealthy and the rest of the country and a debate about what kind of country we will become if income disparity continues to widen.  While corporate executives are making record amounts, income for 95 percent of American households has either stayed the same or fallen since 1970, threatening to make the middle class the great disappearing act of the 21st century.

Janitors in Northern Virginia, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, Orange County, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Boston, Seattle, Minneapolis and Sacramento have all signed petitions stating their intention to honor picket lines should the strike spread to their buildings.

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New York Labor Leaders Offer Strike Support For 32BJ

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Ginger Otis: 212-604-9552/ 917-346-3391

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, December 29, 2011

NEW YORK LABOR LEADERS OFFER STRIKE SUPPORT FOR 32BJ
-Unions stand together to fight for a fair contract-

When: Thursday, December 29, @ 11 a.m.

Where: Steps of City Hall

Who:    State and City union leaders from all sectors

 

Only two days remain before the contract covering 22,000 building service workers in New York City expires. If the clock runs out at midnight on Dec. 31, 2011 without a fair and equitable deal in place for hardworking 32BJ members, New York’s labor community is prepared to back them in a strike.

“The resources of the 2 ½ million member New York State AFL-CIO are at the full disposal of 32 BJ for as long as it takes to reach a contract agreement.  With 3,000 local union affiliates across the state, we will stand side by side with our 32 BJ brothers and sisters throughout these negotiations. This is not just about what happens in the next few days.  These negotiations are about the future of our city, and what kind of city we want to leave to the next generation,” says Mario Cilento, President of NY State AFL-CIO.

The top rate of a commercial cleaner in NYC is $22.65 an hour, or $47,000 a year, but building owners still say workers are earning too much. The real estate industry wants to rollback salary and benefit packages, while it’s recorded billions in sales activity this year alone.

“Whether it’s for a private sector union like 32 BJ, or a public sector or building trades union, the New York City Central Labor Council is always going to stand up for fair wages and contracts,” says Vincent Alvarez, President of the NYC CLC. “The labor community is committed to working together to fight for fairness in the workplace and protecting the wages and benefits of the hardworking men and women of New York City.”

 

 

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The NYC Central Labor Council is a non-profit representing 1.3 million unionized workers citywide.

Media Advisory: New York Labor Leaders Offer Strike Support for 32BJ

-Unions stand together to fight for a fair contract-

When: Thursday, December 29, @ 11 a.m.
Where: Steps of City Hall
Who: State and City union leaders from all sectors

Only two days remain before the contract covering 22,000 building service workers in New York City expires. If the clock runs out at midnight on Dec. 31, 2011 without a fair and equitable deal in place for hardworking 32BJ members, New York’s labor community is prepared to back them in a strike.

“The resources of the 2 ½ million member New York State AFL-CIO are at the full disposal of 32 BJ for as long as it takes to reach a contract agreement. With 3,000 local union affiliates across the state, we will stand side by side with our 32 BJ brothers and sisters throughout these negotiations. This is not just about what happens in the next few days. These negotiations are about the future of our city, and what kind of city we want to leave to the next generation,” says Mario Cilento, President of NY State AFL-CIO.

The top rate of a commercial cleaner in NYC is $22.65 an hour, or $47,000 a year, but building owners still say workers are earning too much. The real estate industry wants to rollback salary and benefit packages, while it’s recorded billions in sales activity this year alone.

“Whether it’s for a private sector union like 32 BJ, or a public sector or building trades union, the New York City Central Labor Council is always going to stand up for fair wages and contracts,” says Vincent Alvarez, President of the NYC CLC. “The labor community is committed to working together to fight for fairness in the workplace and protecting the wages and benefits of the hardworking men and women of New York City.”

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The NYC Central Labor Council is a non-profit representing 1.3 million unionized workers citywide.

Janitors in More Than 12 Cities Across the Country Pledge Support to NYC Cleaners

NEW YORK, NY— As a contract deadline looms in New York City for 22,000 office cleaners represented by SEIU 32BJ, janitors in more than 12 cities across the country including Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angles have pledged to honor picket lines should the strike spread outside of New York City.

Cleaners in New York City represented by SEIU32BJ could strike as soon as January 1st if a deal is not reached with New York City’s $20 billion real estate industry.

The showdown comes in the midst of wide-scale public protests over income inequality between the very wealthy and the rest of the country and a debate about what kind of country we will become if income disparity continues to widen. While corporate executives are making record amounts, income for 95 percent of American households has either stayed the same or fallen since 1970, threatening to make the middle class the great disappearing act of the 21st century.

Janitors in Northern Virginia, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, Orange County, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Boston, Seattle, Minneapolis and Sacramento have all signed petitions stating their intention to honor picket lines should the strike spread to their buildings.
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