Building Justice

Connecticut District

Contract Highlights

Strong Wage Increases

Our agreement guarantees a yearly wage increase of 50 cents per hour in 2020 and 2021, followed by 55 cents per hour in 2022 and 2023 – a $2.10 hourly increase over the four years of the contract.

A $2.10 hourly increase means that by the end of this agreement, covered cleaners will earn:

  • Over $2,100 over the life of the contract working 20 hours per week
  • Over $4,300 over the life of the contract working 40 hours per week

Future Wage Rates for Currently Working Members

 

7/1/20

7/1/21

7/1/22

7/1/23

All Areas outside Hartford/Suburbs

$14.60

$15.10

$15.65

$16.20

Maintained 100% Employer-Paid Health Insurance Premiums

Over the four years of this contract, the employers will contribute a total of $1.13 more per hour (for a total of $7.68 per hour) towards full time employees’ health insurance premiums. This will maintain our high quality health insurance, with zero contributions by members towards the month premium, for the next four years. Part time employees maintain their current wrap-around benefits.

Holidays and Vacation

Members will maintain their current paid time off.

Sexual Harassment

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

Maintained Training and Legal Benefits

Members 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.

Other Highlights

▪ Employers will be required to provide a secure, private, and convenient way for employees to print out a pay stub.

▪ Employers will be required to pay for safety shoes at worksites where they are required.

▪ We won more flexibility in using our bereavement leave benefits.

▪ If members are entitled to more paid sick days under the state law, employees will be provided those extra sick days by the employer.

Strong Wage Increases

Our agreement guarantees a yearly wage increase of 50 cents per hour – a $2.00 hourly increase over the four years of the contract.

A $2.00 hourly increase means that by the end of this agreement, 32BJ members will earn:

  • Over $4,100 over the life of the contract working 40 hours per week

Future Wage Rates for Currently Working Members

 

7/1/20

7/1/21

7/1/22

7/1/23

Light Cleaner

$16.90

$17.40

$17.90

$18.40

Heavy Cleaner

$17.20

$17.70

$18.20

$18.70

Window Cleaners

$21.23

$21.73

$22.23

$22.73

Furniture Handlers

$17.30

$17.80

$18.30

$18.80

 

Improved Pension

Our union won improvements to our retirement plans. Employers will contribute $0.10 more per hour – for a total of $0.80 per hour – toward employee’s pension plan.

Holidays and Vacation

Members will maintain their current paid time off.

Maintained 100% Employer-Paid Health Insurance Premiums

Over the four years of this contract, the employers will contribute a total of $1.13 more per hour (for a total of $7.68 per hour) towards our health insurance premiums. This will maintain our high quality health insurance, with zero contributions by members towards the month premium, for the next four years. 

Sexual Harassment

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

Maintained Training and Legal Benefits

Members 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 members access to vocational, English, and many more classes.

Other Highlights

▪ Employers will be required to provide a secure, private, and convenient way for employees to print out a pay stub.

▪ Employers will be required to pay for safety shoes at worksites where they are required.

▪ We won more flexibility in using our bereavement leave benefits.

▪ If members are entitled to more paid sick days under the state law, employees will be provided those extra sick days by the employer.

Strong Wage Increases

Our agreement guarantees a yearly wage increase of 50 cents per hour – a $2.00 hourly increase over the four years of the contract.

A $2.00 hourly increase means that by the end of this agreement, covered cleaners will earn:

  • Over $2000 over the life of the contract working 20 hours per week
  • Over $4,100 over the life of the contract working 40 hours per week

Future Wage Rates for Currently Working Members

 

7/1/20

7/1/21

7/1/22

7/1/23

Cleaner

$15.65

$16.15

$16.65

$17.15

Window Cleaners

$21.23

$21.73

$22.23

$22.73

Furniture Handlers

$17.30

$17.80

$18.30

$18.80

 

Improved Pension

Our union won improvements to our retirement plans. Employers will contribute $0.10 more per hour – for a total of $0.45 per hour – toward employee’s pension plan.

Holidays and Vacation

Members will maintain their current paid time off.

Maintained 100% Employer-Paid Health Insurance Premiums

Over the four years of this contract, the employers will contribute a total of $1.13 more per hour (for a total of $7.68 per hour) towards full time employees’ health insurance premiums. This will maintain our high quality health insurance, with zero contributions by members towards the month premium, for the next four years. Part time employees maintain their current wrap-around benefits.

Sexual Harassment

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

Maintained Training and Legal Benefits

Members 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 members access to vocational, English, and many more classes.

Other Highlights

▪ Employers will be required to provide a secure, private, and convenient way for employees to print out a pay stub.

▪ Employers will be required to pay for safety shoes at worksites where they are required.

▪ We won more flexibility in using our bereavement leave benefits.

▪ If members are entitled to more paid sick days under the state law, employees will be provided those extra sick days by the employer.

Strong Wage Increases

  • Our agreement guarantees a wage increase of $0.60 cents per hour each year, a $2.40 hourly increase over the four years of the contract.

Minimum Wage Rates for Currently Working Members

10/1/20

10/1/21

10/1/22

10/1/23

Cleaners

$16.65

$17.25

$17.85

$18.45

Other Improvements

  • 2 additional paid sick days for part time workers. Effective January 1, 2020, all workers will have 7 paid sick days each year
  • New employees can use up to 3 paid sick days after 90 days (3 months) and additional paid sick days after 270 days (9 months)
  • 1 paid day off in the event of the death of a grandchild
  • Job posting language: All vacant positions must be posted within 14 calendar days of vacancy, posting in Spanish and English, vacancy posted for 7 calendar days, position must be filled within 14 calendar days after posting period
  • 14 calendar days advance notice of schedule changes for regularly scheduled employees. No retaliatory or preferential schedule changes
  • Strong and clear language to protect workers against sexual harassment on the job
  • Joint committee to develop a training program for lead persons

We maintained all of our benefits with no cutbacks

  • Employers will pay the increased cost of the health insurance, and continue to pay the cost for the legal, training and other benefits
  • No changes to the contract language on overtime or other reductions to our standards

NOTE:  This is a summary of the major changes to the union contract.  Once the contract is ratified, the union will distribute copies of the agreement to all members that will have the final, legally enforceable language.

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