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Cleaners avoid strike

January 4, 2012

NEW YORK — A strike of office cleaners in the city was avoided by the agreement to a new four-year contract, according to

The deal was made in the hours before Christmas Eve and was agreed upon by representatives of cleaning companies and members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ, the article stated.

According to the article, the new contract calls for a three percent wage increase for each year of the contract, and raises the average hourly wage from $12.50 to $14.10.

A failure to reach an agreement by January 1 would have resulted in a strike, the article noted.

"With the type of economic climate we’re in, this is a welcome change," said Kwame Patterson, a spokesman for the union, which represents about 1,700 workers in the Hudson Valley and more than 1,000 more in Connecticut.

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