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Office cleaners approve contract

February 1, 2012

NEW HAVEN, CT — Unionized officer workers have approved a contract agreement that was reached in December, according to the New Haven Register.

The approved contract safeguards health care benefits and ensures a 13 percent wage increase over the four years of the contract, the article stated.

According to the article, the New Haven workers clean around 125 buildings, which include two dozen corporate and city government buildings.

"This is a fair agreement with modest wage increases that will help the cleaners in New Haven," said Kurt Westby, Connecticut state director for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ and chief negotiator for the union on this contract.

"Our members are working two and three jobs to try and keep their heads above water in one of the most expensive regions in the country. These hardworking men and women have stood up for the wages they need to support their families and our economy," Westby added.

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