I think every shop steward should be training someone else and that person can be training someone else too.

~ Maurice Thomas, 32BJ Member, DC/VA/MD

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Upper East Side Doorman, On Job for Last Half Century, Shows No Signs of Stopping
Manoel Teixeira has been greeting residents of 120 E. 90th. St. for as long as there has been a door here. Read More »
Upper East Side Doorman, On Job for Last Half Century, Shows No Signs of Stopping
Manoel Teixeira has been greeting residents of 120 E. 90th. St. for as long as there has been a door here. Read More »
National Labor Relations Board Formally Charges Newark Security Contractor
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a formal complaint against security contractor Roman Security, which provides security services for the Newark Housing Authority. Read More »
Janitors vote to authorize strike if no deal is reached
More than a thousand janitors marched through Back Bay on Saturday afternoon, cheering and waving signs after their union voted unanimously to authorize a strike. Read More »
Cleaning After Hours
Mohamed Zaker, a janitor at Harvard University, talks about his work and life. Read More »
Philly Airport Workers Vote to Strike During DNC
When Democrats arrive in Philadelphia later this month for their party's convention, they might be met by a picket line. Read More »
MIT pay raise shows janitors’ union clout
Under a new contract approved Thursday, janitors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will soon make more than $49,000 a year, nearly as much as low-level lecturers at the school earn. Read More »
Custodian of the Arts
This time of year, Israel Reyes, 57, the senior handyman and longtime boiler operator at Public School 69X Journey Prep in the Soundview section of the Bronx, disappears briefly down to the basement. Read More »
The Imperious Mr. Degnan: Port Chair Shortchanges Thousands of Airport Workers
More than two years ago, on April 23, 2014, the Port Authority’s 12-member board of commissioners voted unanimously to improve the lives of 12,000 contract workers at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark airports. Read More »
Union Workers Show Off Artistic Skills in Manhattan
These were real works of art. The ninth annual 32BJ Art Show opened Saturday at the building workers union’s Manhattan offices. Read More »
A new report foresees a Pittsburgh that works for working people
The August Wilson Center hosted a community panel focused on finding solutions to the city’s affordable housing, civil rights, economic development, job and transportation woes. Read More »
Union targets St. Louis airport contractor
A union based in the Northeast is going after a St. Louis-based private contractor that serves airports around the U.S., including Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Read More »
Jersey City Moves Forward with 30-Hour Work Week for Building Service Workers
The Jersey City Council voted in favor of moving forward with a 30-hour week for building service employees, as well as approving a 90-day transition period for displaced workers. Read More »
Union Janitors Get Jobs Back
Nine union janitors who lost their jobs a little more than 10 months ago will be returning to work on May 1, as the building owner and Service Employees International Union 32-BJ reached a settlement. Read More »
Was comatose school boiler tech victim of maintenance shortfall?
ED STEIN, Jim Whitehead, and Chris Trakimas had this year's hunting and fishing trips all figured out. Read More »
Protesting Hazardous Conditions, 32BJ Workers Rebuffed at PrimeFlight Offices Read more at Protesting Hazardous Conditions, 32BJ Workers Rebuffed at PrimeFlight Offices
Labor and community leaders and elected officials banged on the big wooden door at the offices of PrimeFlight today after an OSHA investigation at Newark International Airport uncovered numerous hazardous working conditions propagated by the United Airlines subcontractor. Read More »
Baraka asks Port Authority to OK $15 minimum wage, ‘do right’ by Newark residents
Mayor Ras Baraka plans to create a new office to oversee the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he announced Wednesday — the latest device he hopes to use to wring more revenue out of the mammoth bi-state agency. Read More »
Airport Workers Plan Disruptions in Nine U.S. Cities on MLK Day
Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read More »
School Maintenance Workers Demand Safety Improvements After Worker Burned In Boiler Explosion
Members of the union representing Philadelphia School District maintenance workers held a protest outside school district headquarters Friday, demanding safety improvements, after a worker was severely burned in a boiler explosion at an elementary school this week. Read More »
Proposed Laws Could Change Lives of D.C.’s Hourly Workers
The D.C. Council is weighing new labor bills that, if passed, would cement the District’s ranking as one of the most progressive labor markets in the country, advocates say. Read More »
NYC Lets Luxury Building Owners Stiff Workers and Still Get a Tax Break
City regulators haven’t enforced a 2007 law that requires doormen, janitors and other service workers at taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings to be paid wages comparable to union rates. Read More »
Janitors’ Union Reaches Agreement With Building Owners
About 2,100 janitors in Greater Hartford and New Haven have reached a tentative contract agreement with the Hartford Cleaning Contractors Association, pending ratification. Read More »
Fairfield County Janitors Avert Strike
Just two weeks before a potential strike, the bargaining committee representing more than 3,500 commercial janitors reached a tentative agreement late Tuesday with the Hudson Valley/Fairfield County Contractors Association. Read More »
With Strike Looming, Pols Support Janitors
Fifty custodians marched to their places of employment at rush hour Monday evening armed not with mops, but with picket signs. Read More »
Suburban Office Cleaners Ratify Deal that Includes Nearly Two Dollar Pay Bump
About 1,400 commercial office cleaners working in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties have ratified a contract with employers, which includes a nearly two dollar an hour raise. Read More »
Janitors Rally for New Contract on New Haven City Hall Steps
Local janitors are fighting to get contractors to clean up their act. Contract negotiations with Hartford County Cleaning Contractors Association are looming for approximately 2,600 commercial building cleaners in Connecticut towns and cities, including New Haven and Hartford. Read More »
Building Cleaners Union Votes to Strike if Contract Deal Falls Through
A strike is looming for thousands of building cleaners across the city if they don't reach a new contract deal by New Year's Eve. Read More »
Janitors, Cleaners in NJ Authorize Strike Vote
With their contract deadline just weeks away, thousands of school janitors and office cleaners in New Jersey held a strike vote and rally Wednesday. Michael George has more from Newark. Read More »
SEIU 32BJ Raucous Rally Packs Essex Gym as Union Leader Brown Heads to Negotiations
Janitor members of SEIU 32BJ – 7,000 strong, who clean office buildings in more than 500 office buildings around New Jersey – tonight voted to strike if they can’t reach an agreement before Dec. 31st. Read More »
Suburban Building Owners & Custodians Reach New Contract
Suburban office building landlords and the union representing roughly 1,400 janitors reached a new contract Tuesday night that puts workers' wages just shy of their desired rate. Read More »
NJ Office Cleaners and School Janitors Deserve a $15 Wage
The union's contract expires Dec. 31, so it is back at the table with the New Jersey Contractors Association, seeking a $15 minimum wage for all workers and an extension of its health benefits. Read More »
Stamford Janitors Vote to Authorize Strike
Hundreds of commercial building cleaners from the city and elsewhere in Fairfield County have agreed to go on strike if contract talks don’t result in a tentative deal before their current agreement expires. Read More »
Janitors Vote To Strike As Of Jan. 1
Janitors in Hartford and New Haven have voted to go on strike Jan. 1 if new contracts aren't reached between employers and Service Employees International 32BJ. Read More »
Building Cleaners in New Haven Vote to Authorize a Strike
A crowd of 30 building cleaners Saturday loudly chanted “Huelga! Huelga!” (“Strike! Strike!”) after they unanimously voted to authorize their negotiating team to call a strike if the companies they work for don’t offer increased wages and other benefits. Read More »
Suburban Office Janitors Rally for $15 Wage as Contract Expiration Looms
Dozens of janitors who staff more than 150 suburban Philadelphia office buildings called for a wage that would give their children a Christmas they deserve in a demonstration Thursday outside Vanguard's Malvern offices. Read More »
Union Janitors Demand To Share In Hartford Companies’ Prosperity
Vowing not to go backward, hundreds of janitors and their union supporters rallied in front of the Old State House Wednesday, chanting in both English and Spanish: "When we fight, we win!" Read More »
At Age 92, Office Cleaner Is Still Hard at Work—and Loving It
Back when she was in her 20s, Hazel Ingram was once told that she was “too skinny” for a cleaning job. Read More »
Airport Pay Isn’t Soaring
As travelers pass through airports on their way to visit their families this Thanksgiving, they should take note of the people pushing grandma's wheelchair, loading dad's golf clubs, or quietly mopping the terminal. Read More »
Baraka, Payne Kick Off ‘Fast for Justice’ as Airport Workers Pursue Higher Wages Read more at Baraka, Payne Fast for Justice as Airport Workers Pursue Higher Wages
The steps of the Newark City Hall were crowded Tuesday with airport workers as they kicked off a 24 hour fast in an effort to push for a $15 minimum hourly wage and union rights. The workers were joined by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Congressman Donald Payne Jr. (D-10) as they pledged their commitment to the cause. Read More »
Thanksgiving Travel 2015: Airport Service Workers To Stage Hunger Strike For “$15 And A Union” On Busiest Travel Day Of The Year
Airport workers are hoping their calls to boost pay and improve working conditions will resonate on the busiest travel day of the year. About 200 baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants and other low-paid airport service workers nationwide are planning to hold a 24-hour fast starting on Tuesday afternoon, demanding $15 an hour and union recognition. Read More »
Airport Workers Hope to Get Thanksgiving Travelers’ Attention
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year, workers at 15 major U.S. airports are planning a day of fasting, vigils and rallies, aiming to galvanize the traveling public’s support for their fight for better wages. Read More »
2,000 Contract Airport Workers Go on Strike at Seven U.S. Hubs
Entering one of the busiest holiday travel weeks of the year, about 2,000 baggage handlers and other airport workers at seven of America's biggest hubs went on strike Wednesday night over pay and union rights. Read More »
Airport Workers Strike
The workers, mostly cabin and airport cleaners, were picketing Thursday morning at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City, as well as airports in Newark, N.J., Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, Fl., according to the Service Employees International Union. Read More »
The Fight for Better Wages: Employed, in College and Living in a Homeless Shelter
I'm an airport worker, community college student at Essex County College and I live in a shelter in Newark (the name has been withheld for safety reasons). Read More »
On Eve Of Michelle Obama, Prince Harry Visit, Janitors At Fort Belvoir Military Base Strike Over ‘Drastic’ Cuts In Hours
When the first lady and second lady welcome Britain’s Prince Harry to a northern Virginia military base Wednesday, they may want to tell him to avoid the bathroom. Sixty-six janitors at the U.S. Army’s Fort Belvoir went on strike Tuesday after saying their contractor illegally cut working hours. Read More »
Washington-Area Airport Workers Join Fight for $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage
A push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for the lowest-paid airport workers across the United States has landed in Washington. Read More »
Airport Workers Rally for Better Wages and Benefits
Wearing purple T-shirts that read “Fighting for $15 and union rights at the airport,” about 200 airport workers from across the country rallied at National Airport on Wednesday afternoon for better wages and benefits. Read More »
No Strike: Janitor’s Union Makes 11th Hour Deal
The threat of a strike by thousands of Center City janitors has been averted as the 32BJ SEIU union inked an 11th hour deal with the Building Owners Labor Relations Inc. late Thursday evening. Read More »
Supers Who Break the Glass Ceiling
Among over 3,000 unionized superintendents in New York City, perhaps a few dozen are women. Read More »
Unions Are Going to Battle on Behalf of South Florida’s Large Immigrant Workforce
Given that Florida has had a Republican governor for 20 out of the last 28 years, you might not think of Florida as a hotbed of union activity. Read More »
Baraka, Fulop Among Pols Backing N.J. Janitors’ Push for $15 Wage
A coalition of politicians, clergy and other leaders gathered in Newark Tuesday to push for a $15 per hour wage for thousands of janitors around the state. Read More »
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