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Janitors ready to strike

April 3, 2012

CHICAGO — The members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are ready to strike if not presented with an acceptable new contract, according to Crain''s Chicago Business.

Wages and health insurance are the key issues in talks between members of the local SEIU and a trade group that represents building management, the article stated.

"We''re making some progress, but there''s a wide divide," said Tom Balanoff, regional chief of the SEIU.
"We certainly hope we''re able to reach an agreement, but we know our membership is ready to strike, believe me," Balanoff added.

According to the article, on the bargaining table is a contract covering about 14,000 janitors in downtown and suburban offices and at institutions such as Chicago Public Schools.

The current contract will expire on Sunday, April 8, the article noted.

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