New England janitors avoid strike
BOSTON — Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615 and the Maintenance Contractors of New England have reached a tentative agreement, avoiding a strike, according to the Boston Business Journal.
The deal, which was reached at 2 a.m. on October 1, is a four-year contract with a double-digit pay raise and requires employers to convert nearly 700 jobs to full-time status, the article stated.
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"New England janitors have reached a tentative agreement with the Maintenance Contractors of New England that is good for workers, good for the industry and good for New England," said Renee Asher, a SEIU spokeswoman.
According to the article, when the contract officially expired at midnight, the union and the contractors were still miles apart in terms of pay and the conversion of workers to full-time status.
The full-time status will make hundreds of janitors eligible for health benefits, the article noted.
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