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Janitorial workers reach 11th hour deal with managment association to avert strike

30 Oct 2015 12:16 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

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A Pittsburgh union representing 1,000 commercial office cleaners reached an agreement Thursday with its management association, averting a strike just two days before the current contract was set to expire.

Bargaining between the two groups had been ongoing since Sept. 9, but the negotiations reached a tipping point Tuesday when members of the 32BJ local, a part of the Service Employees International Union, voted to strike if the sides failed to reach a deal by midnight Saturday. 

The union handles janitorial work throughout the region at locations that include the U.S. Steel Tower, Gateway Center, PNC Plaza and Bayer’s headquarters. They were negotiating with the Managers, Owners and Contractors Association for greater health care benefits and wage increases.

On Thursday, the two sides reached a four-year tentative agreement that includes “a fair wage increase and maintains benefits at their current level,” according to a statement released by the union. The deal, which is still subject to union ratification, would expire Oct. 31, 2019.

More at source: Post Gazette

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