D.C. Office Cleaners May Strike This Week | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

D.C. Office Cleaners May Strike This Week

Play associated audio

Nearly 12,000 office cleaners in the D.C. region are threatening to strike when their contract expires at the end of the week. The workers, who are members of the Service Employees International Union are pushing for greater health benefits and higher wages, according to the Washington Post.

The union has been negotiating with Washington Service Contractors Association, and union representatives say if a deal isn’t struck by midnight on Oct. 15, the office cleaners will strike.

The union says the workers deserve a better contract because the area’s commercial real estate industry is booming, with record-setting rental rates and low vacancies. The cleaning companies say they’re still struggling in the shaky economy,  and are asking for the current contract to be maintained for at least a year.

NPR

'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.
NPR

Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.
NPR

Peace Corps Teams Up With First Lady To 'Let Girls Learn'

The Peace Corp will recruit and train about 650 additional volunteers to focus on girls' education around the world. The expansion is part of a larger program launched by Michelle Obama Tuesday.
NPR

FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta tells a House panel that some vulnerabilities reported in a congressional study have been fixed, and the agency is working on others.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.