New York City’s School Cleaners Are Not Paid a Fair Wage
When I walk through the front door of my school, before I’ve even punched in, I’m on call for everything; I hold my building down like it was mine.
New York City’s 5,000 school cleaners keep our public school buildings safe, sanitary and well-maintained. But they have been working without a contract and a raise for five years. They are paid nearly 25 percent less in wages than cleaners in commercial office buildings, and recent cuts to staffing and supplies have forced school cleaners to work harder than ever. School cleaners are taking a stand to demand that the city stop shortchanging its schools.