We have to work together so we’re able to keep the things we have, like our health care and other benefits.

~ Jay Etheridge, 32BJ Member, New York

Fort Belvoir Janitors Deserve a Fair Contract


I have worked at Fort Belvoir for 14 years and I’ve never been treated so poorly… We have no health insurance, and apart from that they have lowered the wage and cut the hours of work, and they give us checks that bounce. This isn’t right.

~ Mauricio Gonzalez

Janitors at Fort Belvoir are proud of the work they do because they know how important it is to keep the base clean and safe every day for thousands of soldiers.

For over nine months after Brown & Pipkins took over the janitorial contract at Fort Belvoir in September of 2012, the 70 janitors at Fort Belvoir worked without a contract while the company refused to bargain in good faith. As a consequence, workers who relied on their jobs at Fort Belvoir for health insurance lost health coverage.

Last year, Brown & Pipkins settled claims that it owed nearly $300,000 in wages and benefits, and disciplined two workers and terminated one for protected union activity.

After filing Wage and Hour complaints with the Department of Labor and unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB, the janitors at Fort Belvoir went on strike in February, 2013. While Brown & Pipkins eventually settled a first contract, the company is again refusing to bargain fairly on a successor.

The janitors at Fort Belvoir deserve to have their rights at work protected, and they deserve a fair contract.

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