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LAX janitors avert strike

July 2, 2010
LOS ANGELES — The union representing about 130 janitors at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) reached a last-minute labor contract, averting the threat of a strike during the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to the Daily Breeze.
The janitors, who work for contractors hired by United Airlines and American Airlines along with a consortium of international air carriers in Terminal 2, won a contract late Wednesday that maintains their current hourly wages of $10 to $11 and health benefits, the article stated.
"Standing together, LAX janitors and other airport workers drew a firm line against attempts to roll back community standards," said Mike Garcia, president of the union.
"Preventing health care cuts is a victory, not just for janitors and their families, but for all workers at LAX and in local communities," Garcia said.
"This shows that even during hard economic times, we can work together to maintain quality jobs that support families," Garcia added.
According to the article, the deal was struck up after ABM, Airserv and Flagship had proposed cuts in sick days and holidays as a way to reduce health care costs.
The janitors agreed earlier this week to go on strike if a labor pact could not be reached before the holiday weekend, the article noted.
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