November 3, 2015
Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Less than two days before 1,000 commercial office cleaners in Pittsburgh were scheduled to strike, SEIU Local 32BJ reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with the Managers, Owners, and Contractors Association. The four-year deal, announced Oct. 29, includes “a fair wage increase and maintains benefits at their current level,” the union said in a statement.
The members, who work in buildings that include the U.S. Steel Tower, PNC Plaza, and the Bayer’s headquarters, had voted Oct. 27 to authorize a strike when their current contract expired at midnight Oct. 31. “The Justice for Janitors movement started right here 30 years ago when cleaners refused to take cuts from their employers,” 32BJ vice-president Gabe Morgan said in the statement. “We couldn’t afford to go backwards. What happens here sets the pace for others who are fighting for good jobs across the state and the nation.” Read More