It came before the stroke of midnight.
The Realty Advisory Board and Local 32BJ averted a New Year’s Day strike involving more than 22,000 city office cleaners by agreeing to a new four-year contract, both sides announced last Friday following a tense standoff in New York.
The contract will increase wages by 5.6 percent and will include bonuses, according to an announcement posted on the Service Employees International Union official blog.
The agreement is set to be ratified during a final board vote today.
Dennis Rivera is taking over a new super-union for national health care workers, leaving the New York-based 1199 SEIU. His replacement is George Gresham, currently the secretary-treasurer .
The major bump up for Rivera comes right when Eliot Spitzer is about to (what’s Hillary’s phrase for this kind of thing?) drop the hammer on Read More
The last sentence of the Times’s article on the symbolically important, but practically not-so-important, endorsement from DC37:
“Another large union, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 60,000 doormen, janitors and other workers, is expected to endorse him in the next few weeks, several union officials said.”
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Since Jan. 2, Iowans have been getting to know Mary Schlicte, R.N. In a barrage of folksy television spots and clever mailings, the veteran nurse has been telling them about her deep roots in Cedar Rapids, her seven children and her devotion to Howard Dean.
“I’ve looked Howard Dean in the eye,” says Ms. Schlicte, Read More