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City agrees on wages for new contractor

July 3, 2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — The next janitorial services provider for the city of Mountain View will be required to pay union-scale wages, regardless of whether the company has signed a Bay Area-wide agreement, which guarantees a certain level of pay, according to the Palo Alto Daily News.

The city wants to pay its janitors wages that are based on an agreement Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has forged with firms throughout Northern California, where new employees would be paid a minimum of $8.50 per hour this year, $8.75 in 2014 and $9 in 2015, the article stated.

According to the article, the decision will reverse damage done by Industrial Maintenance Services, who took over for GCA at the end of their contract in 2012, and while IMS offered positions to most of GCA's employees, it did so at reduced wages.

Industrial Maintenance Services was actually a signatory to the SEIU agreement and had breached it by failing to pay GCA workers union-scale wages; a grievance has been filed against the company, the article noted.

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