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

Tomorrow, May 1, Workers and Legislators Demand Justice for White Plains Cleaners

Posted 4/30/18 | Filed in Division:

Elected officials and workers will hand deliver letters to Caspi Development demanding that its contractor hires seven Main Street cleaners

WHAT: Delegation to deliver worker petition and elected official letter asking for hiring of seven displaced cleaners.


WHO: Elected officials, displaced cleaners, members of 32BJ SEIU, supporting community and labor organizations. Speakers include:

  • Ben Boykin, Westchester Board of Legislators (BOJ) Chairman
  • Alfreda Williams, BOJ Vice Chair
  • Catherine Parker, BOJ Majority Leader
  • MaryJane Shimsky, BOJ Majority Whip
  • Anthony Castiglione, 32BJ Member and Vice-President of Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body
  • Armando Martinez, displaced worker at 235-245 Main Street, White Plains.
  • Tim McGrath, Lead Representative, 32BJ SEIU Hudson Valley


WHERE: Caspi Development, 120 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605


WHEN: 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 1, 2018


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.— At 12:30 on May 1, a joint delegation of workers and elected officials will deliver a petition and letter to a local building owner asking that the owner assure the hiring of White Plains cleaners by its subcontractor — cleaners who formerly worked at the building and are now out of work through no fault of their own. The letter and petition together draw a line against the abuse of working men and women in Westchester County. The petition is signed by dozens of workers; the letter, by a dozen local elected officials, including Board of Legislators Majority Leader Catherine Parker and White Plains Mayor Tom Roach.


As explained in the letter and petition, seven longtime cleaners lost their jobs at a Main Street building when owner Caspi Development hired a new cleaning contractor, Integrated Building Management (IBM). When the cleaners reported to work on Monday, April 2, IBM representatives told them that they could not apply for their old jobs because they belonged to a union. A case has been brought before the National Labor Relations Board for unfair treatment based on union activity. In addition, a lawsuit has been filed at the State Supreme Court alleging violation of the Westchester Displaced Worker Law, which requires former workers be hired under a grace period by a new building contractor.


“On International Worker’s Day, elected officials and workers will together demand justice for these hardworking men and women,” said Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President of 32BJ SEIU, the workers’ union. “Caspi Development and their new contractor IBM have displaced longstanding and productive members of the local workforce and upset good relations with building tenants. The letter and petition asks Caspi to do the right thing and bring these committed workers back on the job by requiring IBM to comply with the law.”




With more than 145,000 member in 11 states and Washington DC— including 4,000 members in the Hudson Valley — 32BJ is the largest building service workers union in the country.


For More Information

Frank Soults, 860-471-5692, fsoults@seiu32bj.org