by Kyle Bragg
On Monday night our first snowstorm of the year hit the city and many of our members– residential workers, commercial cleaners, school cleaners and security officers– were working hard before during and after the storm to keep New Yorkers safe at home, at work and at school.
3000 of our members who work in residential buildings in the Bronx are now in a campaign to win a good contract. They’re fighting for a new contract that will protect their benefits and give them the raise they deserve. Just like all our members across our union Bronx residential workers are working hard for the residents in their buildings and for themselves and their families.
They know what it means to be Bronx Strong.
In over 1000 buildings across the Bronx, we are the doormen and doorwomen, handypersons, porters and supers keeping buildings clean, safe and comfortable. We watch out for kids and senior citizens. We provide a cheery, “good morning” or a warm “welcome home” to tens of thousands of residents.
Now we’re coming together to make sure our next contract reflects the hard work we do in the Bronx every day. Our Bronx Residential contract expires on March 15 and we need to be Bronx Strong to make sure our next one helps us keep pace with the rising cost of living in New York City.
When I talk to members in the Bronx, they say the same thing to me that all our members say. They want to be able to support their families and send their kids to college. They want to be able to go to the doctor when they’re sick. And they want to be able to retire one day with a pension that will allow them a well-deserved break after a lifetime of hard work.
Last year our 30,000 residential members in the Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn won a good contract because we were all united and showed solidarity in their fight. This year we’ll do the same for our brothers and sisters in the Bronx.
We’re fighting to protect our family health care and pension benefits, our training and legal funds and to make sure we get a raise that allows us to support ourselves and our families. Most of us work and live in the Bronx and are working hard for ourselves, our families and our communities. We are Bronx Strong and we make the Bronx strong.
We’re calling on all members to join this fight so we can win for all workers. This year we’ll also fight for good commercial contracts across our union. In 2016 we’ll support our New York security members as they negotiate their contract. And we join the fight of all people- with and without a union- for fair wages and benefits that let them take care of their families.
Our fight is about more than just our contract. We’re fighting for equality and justice. We’re fighting for all working people.