Lowell, MA—Longtime cleaners of Crosspoint Towers, Lowell’s premier office building, will go on strike Tuesday morning to protest unfair labor practices committed by the building’s cleaning contractor Emerald Green Cleaning.
The National Labor Relations Board is currently investigating Emerald Green Cleaning for discriminatory refusing to hire all but a handful of cleaners because of their affiliation with 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.
Last March, after years of service, in many cases decades, workers at Crosspoint were let go from their jobs after the building owner hired a new cleaning contractor, Emerald Green Cleaning who refused to hire back most workers represented by 32BJ. This caused severe stress to workers who depend of their wages to pay the bills and support their families. The majority of the new janitors are being paid $10.65 an hour, about $3 less per hour that what the layoff workers were earning.
VISUALS: Carrying SEIU flags, striking workers and supporter picket at Lowell’s largest office building
WHAT: Strike at Crosspoint Towers , 900 Chelmsford Street Lowell, MA 01851
WHERE: 900 Chelmsford Street Lowell, MA 01851
WHEN: Tuesday, June 23
– 9:00AM: Picket lines at 900 Chelmsford Street Lowell, MA 01851
– 3:30 PM: Strikers and supporters rally at 900 Chelmsford Street Lowell, MA 01851
WHO: Workers, family members and supporters.
With 145,000 members in 11 states–including nearly 18,000 in Massachusetts –32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.