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Airport custodians approve union contract

January 21, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Janitors working at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport have become the first unionized janitors in Broward county after ratifying a contract under the representation of the 32BJ branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), according to the Miami Herald.

According to the story, the 270 workers — employed by Fort Lauderdale-based contractor Sunshine Cleaning Systems Inc. — will now have employee-paid health, vision and dental benefits as well as additional vacation, sick and personal days off.

The Florida Director for the 32BJ SEIU said: "I think this is a model for what other employers in South Florida can do."

While the new contract takes effect this weekend, the health care benefits — for which workers were previously paying $220 a month — will not take effect until March, the story stated.

Workers agreed to a $1.38 per hour pay cut in exchange for the additional benefits, the story added.

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