Boston, MA – WeWork, the hip co-working start-up, valued at $10 billion by investors, likes to brand itself as “a space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.” Apparently, in Boston this doesn’t apply to the contracted cleaners who pick up after the darling of the sharing economy who will be rallying in the Financial District on Monday to tell WeWork to use a responsible cleaning contractor that pays fair wages that meet the industry standard.
To clean its swanky Boston offices, WeWork has hired a cleaning contractor that pays its workers as little as $10 an hour and few if any meaningful benefits. But the hip start-up is lagging behind other major renters and owners of similar office space whose cleaners make $17 an hour. WeWork often touts its commitment to its “community” of members but so far they haven’t recognized the contracted cleaners as part of their community. The cleaners are standing up to say that they’re not invisible because as they say “We Work Here Too.”
WHO: Janitors who clean offices at WeWork sites in Boston; office cleaners
WHAT: Rally for Good Cleaning Jobs at WeWork
WHEN: Monday, August 17 at 3:30pm
WHERE: Outside WeWork office at 745 Atlantic Ave *across the street from South Station
With more than 145,000 members including 18,000 in Massachusetts, 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country.