• Aerial view of protesters all round an intersection

    Portland’s Union Janitors and Security Officers Unite in Pursuit of Fair Contracts

    Expiring June 30: the union contracts covering the janitors and security officers who clean and secure Portland’s downtown, Lloyd District, Central Eastside Industrial District, Kruse Way, and the Silicon Forest. Thousands of union janitors and security officers in the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington are coming together to bargain for fair wage increases and maintaining their affordable healthcare and other benefits. Janitors ensure the cleanliness and maintenance of office buildings and security officers patrol our downtown spaces, ensuring safety and security for all.   Janitors and security officers love our region and are proud of the work they do to clean and secure their worksites. And these workers are deeply…

  • People hold up a banner that says, "Union Jobs Now!"
    Brewery Blocks,  JPMorgan Chase,  News

    Spotlight: Public Protests Highlight Troubling Developments at Brewery Blocks 1 and 4, JP Morgan’s Questionable Contracting Decisions

    It is time for business leaders like J.P. Morgan to reimagine what Portland can be by investing in good, union jobs in our community. J.P. Morgan Asset Management owns commercial buildings Brewery Blocks 1 and 4 in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon. Their property management team recently terminated its janitorial services contract with a responsible union contractor and instead awarded the contract to Millennium Building Services, a company with a worrisome track record regarding its working conditions.  The union jobs provided by responsible contractors ensure that commercial real estate owners, tenants, and investors enjoy high-quality building services delivered by an experienced and highly trained workforce. In contrast, eliminating union…

  • Portland cityscape

    Enhancing Security: Union Security Officers Serve Key Role in Portland’s Essential Services Districts

    Union officers are restoring safety and vitality to Portland’s commercial districts. Union security officers with GardaWorld and Securitas Security Services are on the frontlines of the effort to improve public safety in Portland’s Essential Services Districts (ESDs) and commercial business districts. Portland’s Essential Services Districts are a collaborative approach to enhancing security in our commercial business districts. Portland’s existing ESDs span downtown and the Central Eastside and use a multifaceted approach to public safety that includes a partnership between Portland Police officers and private security officers.  With union-guaranteed living wages, affordable benefits, and important worker protections, these companies can maintain a stable and experienced workforce capable of meeting the challenges…

  • ABM,  Brewery Blocks,  News

    Portland Janitors Stand Up to JPMorgan Chase for Fair Pay and Good Benefits at Brewery Blocks in Downtown Portland!

    Nearly a hundred Portland-area janitors and their allies demonstrated today outside M Financial Plaza and the Whole Foods Building, two office buildings in the Pearl District’s Brewery Blocks. The workers were protesting that the buildings’ owner, JPMorgan Chase – the largest bank in the U.S. – is using a non-union janitorial company with a history of violating workers’ rights.  The union janitors first sounded the alarm about this decision in the fall when local property manager Arke Management decided to dump the union janitors who had long cleaned the buildings. After weeks of outreach by SEIU Local 49 and the community to Arke Management and the buildings’ tenants, a representative…

  • Brewery Blocks,  News,  Union Difference

    You’re a Mean One, Arke Management

    The Grinch Who Stole Christmas:   Arke Management Dumps Union Janitors in the Pearl District’s Brewery Blocks Just In Time for the Holidays  Holiday shoppers are bustling through Portland’s Pearl District, buying gifts, eating and drinking—but not everyone is bringing the cheer.   Just before the holidays, property management company Arke Management dumped the union janitors who used to clean M Financial Plaza and the Whole Foods Building, two of the landmark Brewery Block buildings adjacent to Burnside Street and Powell’s City of Books.  “I’ve been working as a union janitor for eight years, and I’m 63 years old. I am so close to retirement, and I wouldn’t want to be…