“They have to be aware that the people who work for them are not just statistics, but we are people. The union has allowed us to show that and use our voices.”

~ Michael Greene, 32BJ Member, New York

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Memo to Congress: Give Low-Wage Workers a Fair Deal; Pass the American Jobs Act
Our communities face stubbornly high unemployment, low wages and crushing poverty. Many jobs pay wages so low that employees get food stamps and public health care, while profitable corporations game the system so they pay no taxes. Read More »
Union Janitors Get Jobs Back
Nine union janitors who lost their jobs a little more than 10 months ago will be returning to work on May 1, as the building owner and Service Employees International Union 32-BJ reached a settlement. Read More »
Janitors’ Union Reaches Agreement With Building Owners
About 2,100 janitors in Greater Hartford and New Haven have reached a tentative contract agreement with the Hartford Cleaning Contractors Association, pending ratification. Read More »
Fairfield County Janitors Avert Strike
Just two weeks before a potential strike, the bargaining committee representing more than 3,500 commercial janitors reached a tentative agreement late Tuesday with the Hudson Valley/Fairfield County Contractors Association. Read More »
With Strike Looming, Pols Support Janitors
Fifty custodians marched to their places of employment at rush hour Monday evening armed not with mops, but with picket signs. Read More »
Janitors Rally for New Contract on New Haven City Hall Steps
Local janitors are fighting to get contractors to clean up their act. Contract negotiations with Hartford County Cleaning Contractors Association are looming for approximately 2,600 commercial building cleaners in Connecticut towns and cities, including New Haven and Hartford. Read More »
Stamford Janitors Vote to Authorize Strike
Hundreds of commercial building cleaners from the city and elsewhere in Fairfield County have agreed to go on strike if contract talks don’t result in a tentative deal before their current agreement expires. Read More »
Janitors Vote To Strike As Of Jan. 1
Janitors in Hartford and New Haven have voted to go on strike Jan. 1 if new contracts aren't reached between employers and Service Employees International 32BJ. Read More »
Building Cleaners in New Haven Vote to Authorize a Strike
A crowd of 30 building cleaners Saturday loudly chanted “Huelga! Huelga!” (“Strike! Strike!”) after they unanimously voted to authorize their negotiating team to call a strike if the companies they work for don’t offer increased wages and other benefits. Read More »
Union Janitors Demand To Share In Hartford Companies’ Prosperity
Vowing not to go backward, hundreds of janitors and their union supporters rallied in front of the Old State House Wednesday, chanting in both English and Spanish: "When we fight, we win!" Read More »
Union Janitors Seek Help After Layoffs
With only two weeks' notice that his job was going away, Washington Fernandez had no way to line up another job or sock away money to prepare. Read More »
Fast Food Workers Rally Across the Nation
Fast food workers made their voices heard outside of a McDonald’s restaurant in Hartford Thursday. And it wasn’t just in Hartford, there were similar rallies staged all across the nation. Read More »
SEIU Endorses Malloy
The state’s largest union announced Wednesday they are endorsing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November’s election. Read More »
Flash Mob with a Message in Stamford
It started like many rallies on immigration reform -- people holding up signs demanding a stop to deportations, speeches in both English and Spanish calling on the government to act. Read More »
Connecticut Is Increasing Minimum Wage to $10.10 an Hour
Connecticut lawmakers on Wednesday became the first in the country to pass legislation that would increase a state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017 Read More »
Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium Brings Back Laid-Off Custodial Workers
The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk has reached an agreement that will bring back cleaning workers who had lost their jobs at the tourist attraction last December, officials announced. Read More »
Workers Picket Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk
Dozens of people gathered outside the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk Saturday for a protest led by members of the 32BJ SEIU union, drawing attention to what union leaders have called unfair labor practices at the aquarium. Read More »
New Haven’s Part-Time School Custodians Reach Tentative Contract Deal
Part-time custodial workers in New Haven Public Schools are celebrating a tentative contract agreement that gives them healthcare, wage increases and more. Read More »
National Day for Dignity and Respect Pushes for Immigration Reform through Portraits in New Haven
To celebrate this day, the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance group worked with Inside Out, a global photography project, to take more than 190 portraits of undocumented immigrants, activists and supporters from New Haven, Hartford, Danbury and Stamford. Read More »
Thousands Rally Nationwide in Support of an Immigration Overhaul
Thousands of supporters of an immigration overhaul held rallies on Saturday at more than 150 sites in 40 states, trying to pressure Congress, despite the partisan turmoil in Washington, to focus on passing a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants here illegally. Read More »
Local 32BJ Grows by Organizing
“Unless we’re organizing, we’re going backwards,” says vice-president Rob Hill, 32BJ’s organizing director. Read More »
Reaching for Dr. King’s Dream
Tuesday evening, the Stamford NAACP and local labor members marched through downtown to Faith Tabernacle Baptist Missionary Baptist Church. The crowd shouting, "yes we can" in English and Spanish. Read More »
New Haven Schools Custodians Demanding Higher Pay and Benefits
The part-time custodians were hired through GCA Services Group, Inc. in January 2012. Within a year the workers reached out to SEIU 32BJ to unionize themselves, according to Juan Hernandez, the statewide organizer for 32BJ. Then 32BJ entered a contract negotiation with GCA in December. Read More »
Custodians, Caf Workers Rally For Contracts
Eighteen months after the school system outsourced a third of its unionized custodial workforce to a private contractor, the new part-time workers have organized their own union—and are launching a public campaign for higher wages and benefits. Read More »
Connecticut Advocates Looking to Congress for Immigration Reform
As Congress begins a historic debate on immigration, Connecticut advocates are trying to determine how it will affect 120,000 or more undocumented workers in the state. Read More »
City Rallies Behind Immigration
Cries for change echoed from Beinecke Plaza to the New Haven Green Tuesday as hundreds rallied across New Haven for comprehensive immigration reform. Read More »
Supporters Across State Call for Immigration Reform
As they marched their way through downtown Bridgeport on Tuesday, roughly 100 supporters of immigration reform made themselves perfectly clear. Read More »
CT Rallies Press for Immigration Reform
DANBURY — More than 150 demonstrators gathered at Kennedy Park Tuesday afternoon, one of scores of rallies in Connecticut and across the nation urging comprehensive immigration reform. Alberto Bernardez, a represenative for the Service Employees International Union, told the crowd that there is a national groundswell of support for reform legislation. The rally in Danbury echoed Read More »
LETTER: Working Poor Need Tax Credit
Using the blame game to attack the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit is cheap, but unfortunately not surprising . Read More »
State Immigration Activists Call For Moratorium on Deportations
A new coalition of activists, labor leaders and undocumented immigrants stood in the state Legislative Office Building on Tuesday and asked for public support in reforming an immigration system that they argue is broken and cruel to families. Read More »
Hartford Courant Cleaning Service Rehires Union Workers
Capitol Cleaners has rehired the eight workers who lost their jobs when Pressroom Cleaners took over the cleaning duties at the newspaper’s Broad Street offices in December 2011, said Jessica Ramos, a spokeswoman for 32BJ SEIU, the union representing the cleaning employees. Read More »
CT Security Guards Seek Union Contract
Security guards were joined by labor officials from other local unions and a smattering of politicians, and after a few short speeches, the group of about 80 people marched a half-mile in the bitter cold, starting in front of a state building near The Bushnell arts center. Read More »
Memo to Congress: Give Low-Wage Workers a Fair Deal; Pass the American Jobs Act
Our communities face stubbornly high unemployment, low wages and crushing poverty. Many jobs pay wages so low that employees get food stamps and public health care, while profitable corporations game the system so they pay no taxes. Read More »
Janitorial Company Ordered To Hire Union Cleaners
A federal judge has ordered Pressroom Cleaners, the janitorial contractor that serves CT1 Media, to hire six workers that it had refused to hire when it took over the contract a year ago. One of those workers had cleaned offices at the 285 Broad Street location for 15 years, one 14 years, one nine years Read More »
Workers Protest in Candlelight Vigils
Holding signs that said, “No more tax cuts for the rich,” and candles in plastic cups, about 100 protesters gathered in front of the Government Center on Monday night. The demonstration was part of the Fiscal Cliff Candlelight Vigils, calling for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman to support increasing taxes on wealthy residents and oppose funding reductions Read More »
A Message on Hurricane Sandy from 32BJ President Héctor Figueroa
Be assured that 32BJ will fight to ensure all contract provisions are enforced, and that all members in need will get whatever help and assistance they require. Read More »
State Stuck In The Middle Of Labor Dispute
Over the past year or so, relations between a private security contractor and its workers have deteriorated as security guards have attempted to organize a union that the company refuses to recognize. The company, New Jersey-based SOS Security, is required by its contract with the state to maintain “tranquil labor relationship.” With both the company Read More »
Guard firm breached Conn. contract
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut has required a private security company hired to protect several office buildings to provide some guards back pay after a review showed the firm breached its contract with the state by underpaying the workers. In a letter to SOS Security Inc., obtained Monday by The Associated Press, the Department of Administrative Services said Read More »
Security Guards Strike; Abandon State Building Posts
Just over five weeks ago, security guards at state office complexes announced they were ready to strike, alleging they had been harassed and intimidated by their employer, SOS Security. Thursday they did, but only for the day. The workers say SOS Security has not been making its required pension contributions under its contract with the state. Read More »
Security Guards At State Buildings Strike Against Private Firm
Forty privately employed security guards who work in state office buildings mounted a one-day strike Thursday, protesting low wages and benefits in a standoff complicated by state rules over retirement benefits the workers say they are not receiving. The workers signed up last year with Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, but their employer — Read More »
Courant Gets Coal From Union Santa
When the Hartford Courant ended its contract with eight unionized janitors in October, the state’s largest newspaper landed on “Union Santa’s” naughty list. Dressed in a Santa costume, SEIU 32BJ field organizer Wojciech Pirog delivered a bucket of coal to the paper’s Hartford headquarters on Friday. Pirog was joined by some of the former janitors, Read More »