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Unionized office cleaners authorize strike

December 16, 2011

NEWARK, NJ — Members of the union representing nearly 7,000 office cleaners in New Jersey have voted to authorize a strike if a contract agreement is not reached, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hundreds of members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ rallied in Newark, participating in an organized march through downtown, the article stated.

According to the article, members of the New Jersey union are responsible for the upkeep of several of New Jersey''s marquee buildings, from Prudential''s headquarters in Newark to major financial firms along the Hudson River waterfront.

Local 32BJ is negotiating with The New Jersey Contractors Association, a group of contract cleaning companies that includes ABM, ALLAN Industries Inc., Bravo Building Services, CRI International, CRS Facility Services and ISS Facility Services, the article noted.

"We will continue to provide employees with appropriate compensation and benefits, recognizing that, in these economic times, customers need to manage costs very carefully," the union said in a written statement.

"In fact, we have already proposed appropriate increases in wages, as well as preserving other compensation and benefits. We will continue to work hard at the bargaining table to achieve a successful resolution," the statement added.

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