December 23, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Philadelphia, PA—Janitors at about 170 office buildings will get raises to more than $14 an hour, if they approve a contract deal reached Dec.
15 between Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union and the Building Operators Labor Relations group. The proposed four-year agreement, reached a few hours before a strike scheduled for midnight, falls short of the $15 the union had sought for the about 1,400 janitors it represents, but it’s far more than the 20 cents above the current $12.35 wage management had offered. “This is a win-win for everyone. Just in time for the holidays, these workers will receive a wage increase that helps them put food on the table and presents underneath the tree,” said 32BJ SEIU Mid-Atlantic Director Daisy Cruz. “We are happy the building operators are committed to maintaining good jobs that fuel our local economy. Read more