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Union opens contract talks

November 18, 2011
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NEW HAVEN, CT — The union representing thousands of office building cleaners in the Hartford and New Haven regions began negotiations for a new, four-year contract, according to the Hartford-Courant.

The union is looking to preserve benefits, while simultaneously secure wage increases, the article stated.

According to the article, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) presented its proposals to the group of cleaning companies, which include UGL Unicco Service Company, American Building Maintenance (ABM) and Capitol Carpet Upholstery.

"These men and women work hard every day to keep office buildings in our state well-maintained, sanitary and safe, but they earn barely enough to stay out of poverty," said Kurt Westby, the union''s Connecticut State Director.

"Ensuring that they get the wages and benefits they need to support their families will be a win for Connecticut communities, taxpayers and the economy," Westby added.

The union has been aggressively fighting to keep companies from switching to nonunion contractors to save money, the article noted.

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