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Office cleaners agree to new contract

October 18, 2011

WASHINGTON — Thousands of office cleaners in Washington, Maryland and Virginia have avoided an imminent strike by securing a new four-year contract, according to The Washington Post.

Union officials, representing nearly 12,000 office cleaners, reached an agreement with the Washington Service Contractors Association late Sunday night, just hours before the contract was set to expire at midnight Monday, the article stated.

According to the article, the new agreement, which is still subject to member ratification, includes a guaranteed average pay increase of four percent.

"This is not just a win for working families and our communities, but it ensures tenants will receive professional service and gives our economy a much-needed boost," said Jaime Contreras, capital area director of the 32BJ, an affiliate of Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

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