Philly Suburbs Contract Ratified

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

The new contract covers more than 1,400 commercial office cleaners in suburban Philadelphia. The janitors make $12.35 an hour and will see wage raises of nearly $2 an hour over the life of the contract.

“This contract means the world to me and my family. I will have a good Christmas knowing that next year I don’t have to worry as much about money. I won’t have to work a second or third job and will be able to spend more time with my family,” said cleaner and bargaining committee member, Huascar Aragones. “I am grateful to everyone who has supported us.”

“This is a win win for everyone. Just in time for the holidays, these workers will receive a wage increase that helps them put food on the table and presents underneath the tree,” said Daisy Cruz, 32BJ SEIU Mid-Atlantic Director. “We are happy the building operators are committed to maintaining good jobs that fuel our local economy.”

The janitors clean 170 office buildings, including those of prominent multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies, biotech firms and financial services firms throughout Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware counties like Johnson & Johnson, Merck U.S. Commercial Headquarters, GlaxoSmithKline, Brandywine Realty Trust, and Vanguard. Hundreds of cleaners in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties have taken action in recent months through worksite protests, rallies, marches and forums.

“This agreement proves that when workers and employers come together, we can build an economy that works for everyone,” said Gabe Morgan, 32BJ SEIU Vice President.