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Published: 09/30/2016
Greater Boston Janitors Reach Historic Tentative Agr...

The deal, subject to ratification by the members, provides a 12% increase in wages over the life of the contract and expands employer-paid healthcare to family members of full-time employees.

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Published: 09/24/2016
Boston Janitors Vote to Authorize Strike

After a spirited meeting at the Back Bay Events Center, hundreds of janitors who maintain nearly 2,000 office buildings in the Greater Boston campus voted to authorize their union’s bargaining committee to call a strike if they don’t reach an agreement with the Maintenance Contractors Association New England by September 30.

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Published: 09/23/2016
Boston Janitors to Vote on Possible Strike

With their contract set to expire September 30, the janitors who clean thousands of office buildings in the Greater Boston will take a vote on Saturday to authorize their union’s bargaining committee to call for a strike if they don’t reach an agreement with their employers by the end of the contract.

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Published: 09/08/2016
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren To Rally With 2,000 Ja...

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will rally with thousands of janitors and security officers from across the region this Saturday September 10 at 1pm in the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand.

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Published: 08/10/2016
As Boston Office Market Booms, Contract Talks Open f...

Boston, MA– Commercial office cleaners opened contract negotiations today for one of the largest private sector contracts in New England. The more than 13,000 workers covered under the contract – members of 32BJ SEIU District 615– who clean and maintain almost 2,000 buildings, are bargaining with representatives of the Maintenance Contractors of New England. These

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Published: 05/10/2016
Cambridge Higher Ed and Biotech Workers Rally Wednes...

On Wednesday at 3:30 PM service workers from across Cambridge will join together for good jobs in a rally and march from the plaza outside the Kendall Square T station to Technology Square.

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Published: 12/30/2015
Hartford and New Haven Janitors Reach Tentative Cont...

Just one day before a potential strike, a bargaining committee representing over 2,100 janitors in Hartford, New Haven and other Connecticut towns reached a tentative agreement with the Hartford County Cleaning Contractors Association.

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Published: 12/23/2015
Delaware Commercial Office Cleaners Reach Tentative ...

The holidays came a few days early for nearly 600 commercial office cleaners who struck a deal with cleaning contractors which provides fair wage increases, maintains benefits at their current level, improves vacation time and days off.

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Hudson Valley and Fairfield County Janitors Reach Te...

Just two weeks before a potential strike, a 32BJ bargaining committee representing over 3,500 janitors reached a tentative agreement with the Hudson Valley/Fairfield County Contractors Association.

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7,000 NJ Janitors Ratify New Contract

7,000 32BJ SEIU New Jersey office cleaners and school custodians now have a new contract. The commercial workers overwhelmingly approved the 4 year deal just days after a tentative agreement was reached with the New Jersey Contractors Association.

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Published: 12/18/2015
NYC Office Cleaners Reach a Tentative Agreement with...

With expiration looming, the 32BJ SEIU New York bargaining committee has secured a tentative, four-year agreement with the Realty Advisory Board (RAB) covering 23,000 New York City office cleaners. The deal, subject to ratification by the members and the employer association, provides a 14.8% increase in wages and benefits over the life of the contract and maintains health care, retirement and other benefits.

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Published: 12/17/2015
NJ Strike Averted: 32BJ SEIU Reaches Tentative Agree...

Just 24 hours after thousands of 32BJ SEIU janitors voted to authorize a strike, the bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the New Jersey Contractors Association. The 4 year contract—subject to ratification – includes strong wage increases and protects health benefits for 7,000 office cleaners and school custodians.

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23,000 NYC Janitors Could Walk Off Job

With the contract deadline fast-approaching, commercial cleaners—members of 32BJ SEIU—today voted to strike if no agreement is reached by the December 31st contract expiration.

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NJ Janitors Vote to Strike If No Deal Is Reached

With no deal on the table yet, janitors have voted to authorize a strike if an agreement isn’t reached soon.

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Published: 12/15/2015
Strike Averted: Suburban Commercial Office Cleaners ...

Just before the midnight expiration, the 32BJ SEIU Suburban Bargaining Committee has secured a tentative, four-year agreement with the Building Operators Labor Relations (BOLR) Suburban Division, subject to ratification, covering 1,400 commercial office cleaners that includes fair wage increases and maintains benefits at their current level.

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Hartford and New Haven Janitors Vote to Strike if No...

At meetings in Hartford and New Haven this morning, about 450 janitors unanimously voted to strike if bargaining sessions don’t result in a new contract by December 31 that protects the janitors’ benefits and includes a fair wage increase.

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Stamford Janitors Vote to Strike if No Contract by D...

At a meeting in Stamford this morning, over 450 janitors unanimously voted to strike if bargaining sessions don’t result in a new contract by December 31 that protects the janitors’ benefits and includes a fair wage increase.

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Published: 12/14/2015
Nickeled and Dimed for the Holidays: Wealthy Buildin...

On the eve of their contract deadline, suburban Philadelphia janitors—members of 32BJ SEIU—are calling their employers’ proposals offering only a dime a year in raises “upsetting” and have vowed to do whatever it takes to win a living wage.

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Published: 12/09/2015
Hundreds of Hartford Janitors and Allies Rally for a...

arrying banners and enthusiastically chanting their union affiliation, hundreds of commercial building cleaners joined elected officials and leaders in labor and faith organizations to demand a fair contract at a packed rally in front of the Old State House on Wednesday afternoon.

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As Contract Expiration Looms, Suburban Philadelphia ...

On the verge of a contract expiration affecting 1,400 janitors who clean the suburbs’ most prominent office buildings, janitors and their supports will rally Thursday, December 10 at 12 p.m. at the Vanguard West Campus in Malvern.

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Published: 12/04/2015
Hartford Elected Officials and Community Leaders Dec...

Elected officials joined with faith, labor and community leaders in downtown Hartford to unveil “A Janitors’ Bill of Rights,” a statement of public support for fair wages and decent working conditions for the Connecticut janitors now negotiating a new contract.

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Published: 11/18/2015
Thousands of Janitors in Hartford Open Contract Talk...

Contract talks open Thursday for thousands of commercial building cleaners in one of the largest private-sector labor agreements in Hartford.

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Thousands of Janitors in Fairfield County and Hudson...

Contract talks open Wednesday, November 18 for thousands of commercial building cleaners in one of the largest private-sector labor agreements to cover Connecticut’s Fairfield County and New York’s Hudson Valley.

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As NYC Office Market Booms, Janitors Demand a Fair C...

Commercial office cleaners opened contract negotiations today on one of the biggest private sector contracts in New York City.

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Published: 11/13/2015
No Holiday Shopping Season for Suburban Janitors

More than 100 Philadelphia Suburban commercial office cleaners – members of 32BJ SEIU – will demonstrate Saturday, at noon at the Plymouth Meeting Mall demanding $15 an hour.

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Published: 10/29/2015
Strike Averted: Pittsburgh Commercial Office Cleaner...

Two days before the contract for more than 1,000 commercial office cleaners was set to expire, the 32BJ SEIU Bargaining Committee secured a four-year tentative agreement with the Managers, Owners and Contractors Association (MOCA). The deal, subject to ratification, includes a fair wage increase and maintains benefits at their current level.

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Published: 10/28/2015
Pittsburgh Janitors Vote to Authorize a Strike

Days away from their contract expiring, more than 250 commercial office cleaners – 32BJ SEIU members – braved the pouring rain and voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if a fair agreement is not reached with the Managers, Owners and Contractors Association (MOCA).

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Published: 10/16/2015
Philadelphia Commerical Office Cleaners Secure New C...

Just before the midnight expiration, the 32BJ SEIU Bargaining Committee have secured a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, subject to ratification, covering 2,800 commercial office cleaners that includes fair wages and maintains benefits at their current level.

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Published: 10/13/2015
Center City Janitors Vote to Strike if Necessary

With the contract deadline fast-approaching, more than 800 commercial office cleaners—members of 32BJ SEIU—today voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if no agreement is reached by the Thursday contract expiration.

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Elected Officials & Clergy Support 7,000 Worker...

In an impressive show of solidarity, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and a contingent of other elected officials gathered together to rally behind thousands of workers seeking fair wage increases and the continuation of solid health benefits.

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In a Win for Workers, 32BJ & WeWork Reach Agree...

Building service workers union 32BJ said today it has come to a shared understanding with WeWork to create good jobs for cleaning staff at the co-working start-up’s New York and Boston offices.

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Published: 09/28/2015
Days After Papal Visit, Thousands of Janitors Take t...

Just three days after the papal visit, several thousand members of the property service workers union, 32BJ SEIU will fill the streets of Philadelphia to demand good jobs that remediate the growing inequality Pope Francis condemns.

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Published: 09/10/2015
“Thrown Out Like Trash,” Fired Workers Fight Bac...

More than 300 32BJ members, tenants and elected officials, will join fired building workers from 2116 Chestnut Street by tossing dozens of garbage bags on the side of the luxury high-rise apartment building on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The workers will send a clear message that, “We are not garbage to be thrown away.”

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Published: 09/09/2015
As Commercial Real Estate Market Booms, Office Clean...

Elected officials, faith leaders, and allies stood shoulder to shoulder this morning with dozens of commercial office cleaners as they opened contract negotiations.

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Published: 09/04/2015
More than 2,800 Workers Rally for a Fair Contract as...

More than 200 property service workers: commercial cleaners, building engineers, and maintenance mechanics rallied in Center City this afternoon calling for a fair contract. Negotiations opened today for the workers – members of 32BJ SEIU – and the Building Operators Labor Relations (BOLR) which represents building owners and contractors.

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Published: 08/25/2015
WeWork Janitors Hold Vigil After They Lost Their Job...

Scores of WeWork’s former contracted cleaners held a candlelight vigil tonight for their lost jobs.

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Published: 08/14/2015
WeWork Cleaners to Rally for Fair Pay

WeWork, the hip co-working start-up, valued at $10 billion by investors, likes to brand itself as “a space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.” Apparently, in Boston this doesn’t apply to the contracted cleaners who pick up after the darling of the sharing economy who will be rallying in the Financial District on Monday to tell WeWork to use a responsible cleaning contractor that pays fair wages that meet the industry standard.

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Published: 07/27/2015
DC-Metro/Baltimore Office Cleaners Ratify New 4-Year...

The region’s commercial office cleaners have ratified a new contract covering 10,500 workers that will provide a $2.00 hourly pay increase over the life of the four-year deal with the Washington Service Contractors Association, which represents the area's major commercial cleaning companies.

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Published: 07/26/2015
Over 100 Supporters Rally For Cleaners’ Jobs In Ro...

On Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., well over 100 workers and supporters gathered at 500 Enterprise Drive in Rocky Hill, outside Hartford, to rally in support of cleaners who were displaced from their jobs when the building owner, KS Partners, abruptly ended a cleaning contract spanning nearly 20 years.

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Published: 07/15/2015
Federal Judge Says NJ Office Contractor Must Rehire ...

A huge victory for displaced office cleaners came today from the National Labor Relations Board. Administrative Law Judge Steven Davis ruled cleaning services contractor Eastern Essential Services (EES) engaged in unlawful actions when it refused to hire incumbent janitors at three office buildings in Secaucus, East Rutherford and Bernards Township because of their union affiliation and slashed wages and benefits.

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Displaced Cleaners Rally for Their Jobs at Union Foo...

Dozens of workers and supporters gathered at 500 Enterprise Drive in Rocky Hill, outside Hartford, for a food drive for cleaners who were displaced from their jobs when the building owner, KS Partners, abruptly ended a cleaning contract spanning nearly 20 years.

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Published: 06/30/2015
Janitors Call for Fair Pay for WeWork’s Contracted...

Scores of WeWork contracted cleaners, supportive office cleaners and City Council members will march in the Financial District on Wednesday to tell WeWork founders Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey to hire a responsible cleaning contractor that pays fair wages that meet the industry standard.

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Published: 06/19/2015
WeWork Wants to Fire Cleaners

In a recent meeting with its cleaning contractor, a WeWork executive said more than 100 cleaners at the coworking start-up's New York City offices should all be fired for organizing a union.

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Published: 06/18/2015
Cleaners Tell WeWork They Want Fair Pay

The workers who keep hip coworking start-up WeWork clean and welcoming are launching a campaign to improve their jobs and their lives. The contracted workers are telling the company: We Work Here Too.

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Published: 06/15/2015
Janitors Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with Fast Food W...

An important time in Pittsburgh’s history and for the labor union was commemorated today. It was 30 years ago: janitors in the city took a stand for themselves and pushed back against building owners and contractors who tried to cut their wages and benefits. That fight resembles that of nearly 1,000 security officers in the city who are bargaining for their first ever contract and fast food workers who are fighting for $15 and the right to organize. The three groups came together in a powerful show of solidarity this afternoon at the City County building as they all remembered the historic fight that started in the Steel City.

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Published: 06/02/2015
Contract Talks Open For 10,500 Cleaners In Washingto...

Negotiations will begin today for a new union contract covering over 4,000 commercial cleaners in Washington, D.C., nearly 4,000 cleaners in Northern Virginia, over 1,500 cleaners in Montgomery County, Maryland and 700 Baltimore cleaners.

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Published: 05/08/2015
Workers Strike to Fight for Their Right for Union Pr...

On Thursday, May 7th, workers walked off the job to demand their employer, Environmental Service Systems, respect their right to be represented by their union Local 32BJ.

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Published: 03/02/2015
Lowell Janitors File Federal Charges Against CrossPo...

Today the cleaners of Crosspoint, one of Lowell's premier office buildings filed federal charges against Emerald Green Cleaning, Crosspoint Tower's new cleaning contractor, for discriminatory refusing to hire all but a handful of workers because of their affiliation with 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.

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