– Strike Could Directly Affect More Than 1,500 Office Buildings, including the Time-Warner Center,
Rockefeller Center, the Met Life Building and the Empire State Building –

New York, NY – December 1, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Thousands of New York City commercial office cleaners will vote Thursday to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike if necessary. Failure to reach a new contract by midnight, January 1, 2012, could prompt a strike of more than 22,000 apartment building workers at over 1,500 commercial office buildings throughout the city.

Thursday’s vote comes on the heels of the Realty Advisory Board’s (RAB), an industry association representing most of the City’s building owners, demand for workers to accept an aggressive rollback in wage and benefit standards. Contract negotiations between 32BJ SEIU and the RAB have been underway since November 15th.

WHAT: NYC Office Building Workers Strike Vote and March
WHO: Thousands of New York City Office Cleaner
Mike Fishman, President of 32BJ SEIU
Mary Kay Henry, President of SEIU
WHEN:  Thursday, December 1, 2011
2:00 PM: Strike Vote: Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers 2nd Floor (7th Ave & 53rd Street)
4:00 PM: March: from Herald Square to Union Square
NOTE: The strike vote meeting is closed to the press, but interviews with union officers and members can be arranged onsite

With more than 120,000 members, including 70,000 in New York, 32BJ is the largest private-sector union in the state.

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Kwame Patterson: 212-388-3676
Matt Nerzig: 212-539-2882



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