Union Cleaners Across Hudson Valley Determined to Win a Fair Contract by December 31, 2019.
WHO: Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Westchester County Board Legislators, Teamsters Local 456 President Louis Picani, 32BJ Assistant to the President Lenore Friedlaender, and hundreds of commercial building cleaners
WHAT: Public vote by 32BJ SEIU commercial building cleaners to authorize a strike if necessary
WHERE: Outside Westchester County Office Building,148 Martine Ave., White Plains, NY.
WHITE PLAINS, NY — December 12, 2019 — At 4:30 PM today, hundreds of building cleaners gathered outside the Westchester County Office Building to vote on authorizing their union to call a strike if a fair agreement is not reached on a new multi-year contract with a group of Hudson Valley and Fairfield County employers. The strike could begin any time after midnight on December 31, when the current contract expires for 3,000 janitors who clean at 250 sites across the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, Connecticut.
“The contract under negotiation covers building cleaners from White Plains to Yonkers, Bridgeport to Greenwich,” said Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President of 32BJ SEIU, the largest property service workers union in the country. “Their daily efforts are essential to the extraordinary prosperity of this dense and diverse metro area, helping corporate headquarters, major office buildings and commercial centers shine.
“These men and women themselves, however, often remain invisible,” Ms. Friedlaender continued. “But on Thursday they raised their voices, joined by County Executive Latimer and others who recognize their crucial contributions. The workers want the contractors and building owners to know that they will not be shut out of the economic success they helped build, and they are willing to walk off these jobs to ensure that all of communities continue to prosper together.”
Negotiations between the Contractors Association and 32BJ SEIU began on October 30. The negotiation is one of several across the East Coast between cleaning contractors and 32BJ, which represents some 75,000 cleaners in negotiation this fall between Hartford, CT and Washington, D.C.
With more than 175,000 members in 11 states and Washington DC, including 4,500 members in the Hudson Valley, 32BJ is the largest building service workers union in the country
SOURCE: Frank Soults | 32BJ SEIU Communications | 32BJ SEIU