Just two weeks before a potential strike, a 32BJ bargaining committee representing over 3,500 janitors reached an agreement with the Hudson Valley/Fairfield County Contractors Association. The newly ratified four-year contract includes strong wage increases and protects health benefits for office cleaners throughout Connecticut’s Fairfield County and New York’s Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Westchester counties.
“We are thrilled to have reached an agreement that’s good for workers and good for our communities in Hudson Valley and Fairfield County,” said John Santos, 32BJ Vice President and Hudson Valley District Director. “This contract will give our commercial cleaners a fair wage increase and maintains their high quality, employer-paid benefits. This is also a victory for all working people. When we win good jobs, we show that together we can change lives and lift families out of poverty and into the middle class.”
“We’re relieved to have a deal on the table that will keep us working and help us keep up with rising costs,” said Jackon Ojedis a Stamford cleaner at 177 Broad Street. “A good contract with fair wages and benefits gives me peace of mind and the ability to take care of my family.”
“I work hard to support my kids and give them a better life,” said Maria Montes, a Hudson Valley member who works at New York Medical College. “These are the jobs that support families and communities all over the Hudson Valley, that’s why a good contract is important for everyone.”