SEIU Local 888

52 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA 02129 www.seiu888.org

Press Advisory For news on: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 For more info contact: Rand Wilson (617) 949-9720 or rwilson@seiu888.org

Chatham and Harwich custodians to vote on new Monomoy Regional School District union
Maintenance and custodial staff working for the newly formed Monomoy Regional School District will decide on Tuesday, August 28 whether to unite in SEIU Local 888 for a voice at work. If a majority of those voting choose Local 888, the workers will then have the right to collectively bargain with management for a new contract. The election will be supervised by the state's Department of Labor Relations. Prior to establishing the new combined district, the school maintenance and custodial staff at both Chatham and Harwich were previously organized in separate bargaining units. Union agreements in both units expired on June 30th. A large majority from both school districts signed union authorization cards triggering a vote to gain their collective bargaining rights. There are about 19 staff members in the new Monomoy unit. "This vote is a good opportunity for the Chatham and Harwich school custodial and maintenance workers to come together," said Kevin Oakley, an 18-year veteran custodian at the Harwich High School. "It will give us a stronger and more viable voice in negotiations so we can fight for a living wage here on the Cape." School maintenance and custodial workers are united in SEIU Local 888 in more than 25 communities across Massachusetts including other schools on the Cape in Brewster, Dennis, Eastham, Mashpee and Yarmouth. "We will work closely with union leaders at Monomoy Regional to win the best possible new contract," said Mark DelloRusso, President of Local 888. "They are part of the growing movement of public employees who are uniting for dignity and respect on the job and a voice at work to improve the services they provide." SEIU Local 888 unites more than 8,500 public service, higher education and not-for-profit workers in Massachusetts for the good jobs and quality services our communities need. Learn more at: www.seiu888.org.

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