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With more than 85,000 members in six states and Washington, DC, SEIU Local 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country. The union represents window cleaners, doormen, building ...
MIAMI, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Labor Relations
Board (NLRB) issued a complaint yesterday against Nova Southeastern
University (NSU) alleging that the university violated cleaning workers'
rights by coercing and threatening workers during a lawful SEIU organizing
campaign in 2006. The NLRB has scheduled the date of the trail to begin on
November 17, 2008.
"The NLRB decision against NOVA reaffirms the right of all workers to
organize into a union," said Rob Schuler of the Service Employees
International Union in southern Florida. "Employer threats and intimidation
have no place in the work site."
The NLRB's decision comes on the heels of charges filed in 2007 when
Nova's administration responded to workers efforts' to form a union by
terminating their employer's cleaning contract, ending its decade long
relationship with UNICCO Services, leaving more than 100 janitors without
jobs and forcing the workers and their families deeper into poverty. The
university replaced UNICCO with smaller contractors that would not
recognize the workers right to have a union.
Furthermore, a new complaint is expected to come up shortly determining
that Nova's cleaning contractors did not hire the workers because of their
Janitors at Nova earn less and have fewer benefits than their
counterparts at other South Florida universities earning just over $7.00
per hour, far less than the county living wage of $12.51 per hour.
While other universities in South Florida, like the University of
Miami, Florida International University and Saint Thomas University have
raised standards, wages and provided health insurance for the contract
workers on campus, NSU has fought the workers on campus trying to secure
living wages, health benefits and a voice on the job.
With more than 100,000 members in 7 states, local 32BJ is the largest
property services union in the country.
SOURCE SEIU Local 32BJ