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Contract negotiations resume

January 7, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Janitors for the Twin Cities are moving forward with negotiations that would ensure a living wage and better family healthcare, according to the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

unlock our futureThe contracts for members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26, who are responsible for buildings that are home to some of the wealthiest corporations in the country, expired on December 31, the article stated.

According to the article, after more than a month of negotiations, employers have yet to propose any wage increase or solutions to healthcare benefits.

"They haven’t been willing to address a single issue we’ve put forward. We come to the table ready to negotiate, and each time, they give us the runaround," said Fred Anthony II, a member of Local 26.

"The only proposals from employers so far have been the same things we’re seeing all across the country — attempts to cut jobs and reduce wages. With income inequality at historic highs, these workers deserve a chance for a better future; instead, those hardest hit by the recession are being asked to make concessions to those who were barely hit at all," said Javier Morillo, president of SEIU Local 26.

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