Washington, DC –Thankful for her help to pass legislation providing them with access to full-time hours, low-wage workers represented by 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced their endorsement of D.C.’s first ward Council member Brianne Nadeau’s reelection campaign.
“Brianne Nadeau shares our belief that no one should have to work multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet,” said 32BJ SEIU Vice President, Jaime Contreras. “Commercial office cleaners are grateful for her work on legislation that makes them eligible for employer-paid health care and allows them to spend more time with their families.”
The Building Service Employees Minimum Work Week Act of 2016 which 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.
The consequences of over‐relying on part‐time workers in building industry has negative consequences for workers including insufficient income, lack of access to health and other benefits, excessive job turnover, and unnecessary costs to taxpayers.
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.