by John Santos
32BJ Vice President
As we begin 2016 and look forward to everything a new year can bring, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on what we, together, have achieved as a union in the Hudson Valley throughout 2015.
Commercial members in the Hudson Valley won a new four-year contract after standing up to contractors’ proposals to start new hires on less pay than everyone else in their first year. We ran a strong and united campaign, with members hitting the streets in June for our Justice for Janitors rally and more than 800 members turning out for the strike vote authorization in early December!
The commercial campaign was an excellent opportunity to boost our leadership capacity, and we joined forces with Connecticut for the two districts’ first joint leadership conference.
Fighting back is in 32BJ’s DNA! That’s why we picketed day and night for two weeks as part of a successful campaign to restore benefits that had been severely cut back to workers at Trump Towers in White Plains.
We scored some big political wins in 2015: we supported the re-election of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Westchester County Legislator Virginia Perez was victorious, and Yonkers City Council member Michael Sabatino’s narrow victory was secured by our get-out-the-vote efforts.
I wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe new year, and I look forward to working with you to deliver wins for all workers in 2016.