We have to work together so we’re able to keep the things we have, like our health care and other benefits.

~ Jay Etheridge, 32BJ Member, New York

Fighting for High Standards on New England Campuses

UPDATE: Victory for BU workers! 700 custodians, mailroom operators, groundskeepers and skilled trades workers who maintain and repair nearly 300 buildings throughout BU won a new contract that will continue to provide good jobs and keep them in the middle class. Members overwhelmingly ratified the contract which provides 10% raises over four years and maintains affordable cost-effective health care benefits. Our brothers and sisters were united and on the streets to demand that BU continue to provide good jobs and a fair contract. With support from students, faculty and community allies they won the contract they deserved. When we fight, we win!

About 5,000 New England District 615 members work as custodians, food service workers, security officers, carpenters, plumbers and groundskeepers at 45 colleges and universities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Though many of these predominately private non-profit schools have million dollar endowments, members face the constant threat of lowered standards with outsourcing of work and concession demands at the bargaining table. Members continue to fight to keep these institutions transparent and accountable.

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