SEIU LOCAL 32BJ BRONX MEMBERS FIGHTING FOR A GOOD CONTRACT
This past December, 32BJ commercial members won a terrific contract thanks to in part to the support of our community and labor allies. Today, their residential members in the Bronx are engaged in their contract fight and we ask you to stand with them again.
32BJ represents about 4,000 workers in over 1,400 residential buildings in the Bronx. The current contracts for these members expire on March 14,2008. Their members take care of buildings as supers, doormen, porters and handymen. They are the hard-working people who take care of their tenants. Like most working people, they struggle to provide for their families.
As the real estate industry has boomed in the Bronx, their members continue to struggle to get by. In the last few years, top investors have poured hundreds of millions of dollars in Bronx real estate. Huge new developments are being planned such as Gateway Center, Boricua Village and a new Yankee Stadium. Over 5,000 residential units began construction in 2007. Borough President Adolfo Carrion calculated that property values in the Bronx have jumped 76% in the last four years.
But working people continue to be left behind. The Bronx residential members make dramatically less than other residential members in the City. The average wage is 20% lower in the Bronx and some Bronx workers are paid as low as $10/hr. Wage increases for Bronx members have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, food, and transportation over the last three years.
Their goal is to ensure that workers get their fair share. We ask for your support in this fight.
Thank you in advance for your continued solidarity!
32BJ CONTRACT GOALS:
Bronx members are demanding:
-Decent wage increases
-Improved pension and other benefits
JOIN 32 BJ FOR THEIR MARCH 5TH RALLY:
On March 5th at 4pm, thousands of 32BJ members and their supporters will be marching on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx to support their bargaining demands of decent wage increases, and increased retirement benefits.
The meeting place is Frank Sigel Park at 153rd Street
and the Grand Concourse.
The Bronx real estate market has been booming. Let's make sure Bronx workers get their fair share!
*FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL GOURI SADHWANI AT GSADHWANI@SEIU32BJ.ORG OR 212-388-3967.