Building Justice

Capital Area District

Contract Highlights

Strong Wage Increases

Our agreement guarantees a yearly wage increase of 60 cents per hour— a $2.40 hourly increase over the four years of the contract.

A $2.40 hourly increase means that by the end of this agreement, covered cleaners will earn:

  • Over $2,400 over the life of the contract working 20 hours per week
  • Over $4,900 over the life of the contract working 40 hours per week

Future Wage Rates for Currently Working Cleaners

 

7/1/20

7/1/21

7/1/22

7/1/23

Cleaner

$13.20

$13.80

$14.40

$15.00

Porter

$14.00

$14.60

$15.20

$15.80

Full Time Work
This agreement will create over 500 full time job opportunities with employer-paid health insurance in the 30 largest buildings in Arlington County in 2023.

In addition to health insurance, full time work will provide covered cleaners with access to more hours—meaning more money to support their families.

Holidays
Cleaners will have two additional paid holidays: President’s Day and their birthday.

Sick Days
Over the life of the agreement, all cleaners in Northern Virginia will gain three additional paid sick days for a total of seven sick days per year:

JULY 1, 2020

JULY 1, 2021

JULY 1, 2022

JULY 1, 2023

4 DAYS

5 DAYS

6 DAYS

7 DAYS

Sexual Harassment

Our union won stronger and clear language regarding sexual harassment and assault that will protect workers at the workplace.

Immigration

Cleaners will have an additional month (for a total of 120 days) of unpaid leave to resolve immigration-related issues.

Maintained Training and Legal Benefits

Cleaners will continue to have access to the 32BJ Legal Services Fund. The Legal Services Fund provides free legal services to enrollees concerning issues such as immigration, family and matrimonial matters, housing law and some criminal cases. Additionally, we maintained our training benefits, giving cleaners access to vocational, English, and many more classes.

Contractor Transition Protections

Our union won clear language regarding sick day rollover between employers during a contractor transition.

Shop Steward Training

All part time and full time cleaners who are shop stewards will get one paid day for shop steward training.

One Union, One Fight!

Over 400 workers in Loudoun and Prince George’s County joined our union and bargained fair wages and benefits with our contract.

Strong Wage Increases

Our agreement guarantees an hourly wage increase of 70 cents in the first year for every employee, followed by 50 each year thereafter.

The hourly increases mean that by the end of this agreement, covered cleaners will earn:

  • Over $2,200 over the life of the contract working 20 hours per week
  • Over $4,500 over the life of the contract working 40 hours per week

Minimum Wage Rates

 

1/1/20

1/1/21

1/1/22

1/1/23

Cleaner

$12.00

$12.50

$13.25

$14.00

If your wages or benefits are higher than stated in this document, you will maintain those wages and benefits.

 

Additional Vacation, Holidays and Paid Time Off

Cleaners will have access to 8.7 sick days for part time workers and five sick days for full time workers guaranteed by a Maryland law that 32BJ fought for and passed. Cleaners will also get the following paid days off:

 

Jan 2020

Jan 2021

Jan 2022

Jan 2023

Vacation

1 week (after 1 year of service)

 

2 weeks (after 3 years of service

 

Holidays

 

Christmas

Memorial Day

New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving

Health Benefits

On April 2022, full time cleaners will have access to a fully employer paid health insurance through Kaiser Permanente. On July 2023, part time cleaners will be have access to employer-paid dental insurance

Legal Benefits

On Jan. 2021, cleaners will gain access to the 32BJ Legal Services Fund. The Legal Services Fund provides free legal services to enrollees concerning issues such as immigration, family and matrimonial matters, housing law and some criminal cases.

Sexual Harassment

Our union won stronger and clear language regarding sexual harassment and assault that will protect workers at the workplace.

Immigration

Workers may request up to 120 days off without pay to resolve issues with immigration status.

Job Protections

Employees can only be fired for just cause. Additionally, workers have access to a grievance process if they believe their contract rights have been violated.

Contractor Transition

Cleaners maintain their jobs with the same wages and benefits if the employer changes from a union employer to another union employer.

One Union, One Fight!

Cleaners in Prince George’s County and Loudoun County joined over 10,000 cleaners in Maryland, Virginia and DC to win a strong contract.

Strong Wage Increases

Our agreement guarantees an hourly wage increase of 70 cents on April 1, 2020 for every employee. Every January after, employees earning below $12.00 per hour will receive 50 cents hourly increase.

The hourly increases mean that by the end of this agreement, covered cleaners will earn:

  • Over $2,200 over the life of the contract working 20 hours per week
  • Over $4,500 over the life of the contract working 40 hours per week

Minimum Wage Rates

 

4/1/20

1/1/21

1/1/22

1/1/23

Cleaner

$10.00

$10.50

$11.00

$11.50

If your wages or benefits are higher than stated in this document, you will maintain those wages and benefits.

 

Additional Vacation, Holidays and Paid Time Off

Cleaners will gain the following paid days off:

 

April 2020

Jan 2021

Jan 2022

Jan 2023

Vacation

1 week (after 1 year of service)

 

2 weeks (after 3 years of service

 

Holidays

 

Christmas,

Memorial Day

 

New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving

Sick Days

2 days (after 1 year of service)

  

4 days (after 1 year of service)

Health Benefits

On April 2022, full time cleaners will have access to a fully employer paid health insurance through Kaiser Permanente. On July 2023, part time cleaners will be have access to employer-paid dental insurance and life insurance.

Legal Benefits

On Jan. 2021, cleaners will gain access to the 32BJ Legal Services Fund. The Legal Services Fund provides free legal services to enrollees concerning issues such as immigration, family and matrimonial matters, housing law and some criminal cases.

Sexual Harassment

Our union won stronger and clear language regarding sexual harassment and assault that will protect workers at the workplace.

Immigration

Workers may request up to 120 days off without pay to resolve issues with immigration status.

Job Protections

Employees can only be fired for just cause. Additionally, workers have access to a grievance process if they believe their contract rights have been violated.

Contractor Transition

Cleaners maintain their jobs with the same wages and benefits if the employer changes from a union employer to another union employer.

One Union, One Fight!

Cleaners in Prince George’s County and Loudoun County joined over 10,000 cleaners in Maryland, Virginia and DC to win a strong contract.

Strong Wage Increases

Our agreement guarantees a yearly wage increase of 60 cents per hour— a $2.40 hourly increase over the four years of the contract.

A $2.40 hourly increase means that by the end of this agreement, covered cleaners will earn:

  • Over $2,400 over the life of the contract working 20 hours per week
  • Over $4,900 over the life of the contract working 40 hours per week

Future Wage Rates for Currently Working Cleaners

 

7/1/20

7/1/21

7/1/22

7/1/23

Cleaner

$15.30

$15.90

$16.50

$17.10

Porter

$16.10

$16.70

$17.30

$17.90

Holidays

Cleaners will have two additional paid holidays: President’s Day and their birthday.

Sick Days

Part time cleaners in Baltimore will have access to 8.7 paid sick days per year guaranteed by a Maryland law that 32BJ fought for and passed.

Full time cleaners in Baltimore will gain two additional sick days over the life of the contract, for a total of seven sick days per year:

 

Current Days

2020

2021

2022

2023

Part Time

8.7 /year

8.7 /year

8.7 /year

8.7 /year

8.7 /year

Full Time

5/year

6/year

7/year

7/year

7/year

Sexual Harassment

Our union won stronger and clear language regarding sexual harassment and assault that will protect workers at the workplace.

Immigration

Cleaners will have an additional month (for a total of 120 days) of unpaid leave to resolve immigration-related issues.

Maintained Training and Legal Benefits

Cleaners will continue to have access to the 32BJ Legal Services Fund. The Legal Services Fund provides free legal services to enrollees concerning issues such as immigration, family and matrimonial matters, housing law and some criminal cases. Additionally, we maintained our training benefits, giving cleaners access to vocational, English, and many more classes.

Contractor Transition Protections

Our union won clear language regarding sick day rollover between employers during a contractor transition.

Shop Steward Training

All part time and full time cleaners who are shop stewards will get one paid day for shop steward training.

One Union, One Fight!

Over 400 workers in Loudoun and Prince George’s County joined our union and bargained fair wages and benefits with our contract.

Strong Wage Increases

Our agreement guarantees a yearly wage increase of 60 cents per hour— a $2.40 hourly increase over the four years of the contract.

A $2.40 hourly increase means that by the end of this agreement, covered cleaners will earn:

  • Over $2,400 over the life of the contract working 20 hours per week
  • Over $4,900 over the life of the contract working 40 hours per week

Future Wage Rates for Currently Working Cleaners

 

7/1/20

7/1/21

7/1/22

7/1/23

Cleaner

$15.80

$16.40

$17.00

$17.60

Porter

$16.60

$17.20

$17.80

$18.40

Full Time Work

This agreement will create over 300 full time job opportunities with employer-paid health insurance in the 30 largest buildings in Montgomery in 2022.

In addition to health insurance, full time work will provide covered cleaners with access to more hours—meaning more money to support their families.

Holidays

Cleaners will have two additional paid holidays: President’s Day and their birthday.

Sick Days

Part time cleaners in Montgomery County will have access to 8.7 paid sick days per year guaranteed by a Maryland law that 32BJ fought for and passed. Full time workers maintain their seven sick days per year.

Sexual Harassment

Our union won stronger and clear language regarding sexual harassment and assault that will protect workers at the workplace.

Immigration

Cleaners will have an additional month (for a total of 120 days) of unpaid leave to resolve immigration-related issues.

Maintained Training and Legal Benefits

Cleaners will continue to have access to the 32BJ Legal Services Fund. The Legal Services Fund provides free legal services to enrollees concerning issues such as immigration, family and matrimonial matters, housing law and some criminal cases. Additionally, we maintained our training benefits, giving cleaners access to vocational, English, and many more classes.

Contractor Transition Protections

Our union won clear language regarding sick day rollover between employers during a contractor transition.

Shop Steward Training

All part time and full time cleaners who are shop stewards will get one paid day for shop steward training.

One Union, One Fight!

Over 400 workers in Loudoun and Prince George’s County joined our union and bargained fair wages and benefits with our contract.

Strong Wage Increases

Our agreement guarantees a yearly wage increase of 60 cents per hour in 2020 and 2021 and 65 cents per hour in 2022 and 2023 — a $2.50 hourly increase over the four years of the contract.

A $2.50 hourly increase means that by the end of this agreement, covered cleaners will earn:

  • Over $3,200! over the life of the contract working 25 hours per week
  • Over $5,000 over the life of the contract working 40 hours per week

Future Wage Rates for Currently Working Cleaners

7/1/20

7/1/21

7/1/22

7/1/23

Cleaner

$16.70

$17.30

$17.95

$18.60

Porter

$17.50

$18.10

$18.75

$19.40

Holidays

Cleaners will have an additional paid holiday: their birthday.

Sexual Harassment

Our union won stronger and clear language regarding sexual harassment and assault that will protect workers at the workplace.

Immigration

Cleaners will have an additional month (for a total of 120 days) of unpaid leave to resolve immigration-related issues.

Maintained Training and Legal Benefits

Cleaners will continue to have access to the 32BJ Legal Services Fund. The Legal Services Fund provides free legal services to enrollees concerning issues such as immigration, family and matrimonial matters, housing law and some criminal cases. Additionally, we maintained our training benefits, giving cleaners access to vocational, English, and many more classes.

Contractor Transition Protections

Our union won clear language regarding sick day rollover between employers during a contractor transition.

Sick Leave and Holiday Equalization

Cleaners in Maryland and Virginia will have the same number of sick days and holidays as DC cleaners by the end of this contract.

Shop Steward Training

All part time and full time cleaners who are shop stewards will get one paid day for shop steward training.

One Union, One Fight!

Over 400 workers in Loudoun and Prince George’s County joined our union and bargained fair wages and benefits with our contract.

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