New York – The workers who keep hip coworking start-up WeWork clean and welcoming are launching a campaign to improve their jobs and their lives. The contracted workers are telling the company: We Work Here Too.
WHO: The janitors who clean offices at WeWork sites across the city; supportive 32BJ members who are standing in solidarity with the WeWork cleaners
WHAT: Launch of workers campaign: We Work Here Too
WHEN: Thursday, June 18th at 4 pm
WHERE: Across from WeWork Headquarters at 222 Broadway in Manhattan
WHY: In its swanky locations like 222 Broadway and 540 West 40th Street — where other renters and owners hire cleaning contractors whose cleaners make more than $23 an hour with full family health care and retirement benefits– WeWork has hired a cleaning contractor that pays its workers $11 an hour and no benefits.
WeWork says it aims “to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living” but many of its cleaners are struggling to survive. They are fighting back to say, we’re not invisible and we want good working conditions because We Work Here Too.
With more than 145,000 members including 70,000 in New York City, 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country.