Washington, DC –Commercial office cleaners and private security officers represented by 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced their endorsement of D.C. Council member Charles Allen’s reelection campaign.
“Low-wage workers and their families know they have an accessible and reliable champion with Charles,” said Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU Vice President. “As D.C. becomes increasingly unaffordable, it’s imperative to have Allen on the Council to continue helping ensure that our city can best accommodate vulnerable communities.”
In addition to the minimum wage increase, paid family leave and paid sick leave laws, janitors and security officers are grateful for Allen’s work to help pass the Building Service Employees Minimum Work Week Act of 2016. The law ensures that building service workers of large commercial office buildings are employed in shifts of no less than 30 hours a week. Many cleaners in the District have no choice but to accept part-time hours that leave them working multiple part-time jobs to support themselves and their families. This law has led to hundreds of 32BJ members getting full-time jobs with employer-paid health insurance.
With more than 167,000 members in six states, including over 18,000 in the D.C. Metropolitan Area, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.