by Roxana Rivera
32BJ Vice President
As we begin 2016 and look forward to everything a new year can bring, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on what we, together, have achieved as a union in New England throughout 2015.
We stood together as one to win strong contracts for higher education members at Boston College and security officers at the Massachusetts Convention Center and Whidden Hospital.
Workers at Logan Airport will see their wage floor lifted to $11 an hour in 2016, but we continue to fight for the $15 that all workers need to be able to provide for their families.
We won fights in the political arena too: Cambridge workers who clean public building and facilities will start making a decent wage after we fought for the passage of a prevailing wage policy, while we saw the implementation of paid sick days legislation for workers in Massachusetts.
Last, but not least, we welcomed hundreds of new 32BJ members from New England to our ranks, making us stronger for the fights ahead in 2016.
This will be a big year for 32BJ in New England. Our commercial cleaning contract expires in September and we will be running contract campaigns for security, janitorial, trade and maintenance workers across our district, including at Harvard, MIT and Tuft’s.
I wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe new year, and I look forward to working with you to deliver wins for all workers in 2016.