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Philadelphia janitors avoid strike

October 20, 2011

PHILADELPHIA — The threat of more than 2,500 building service workers going on strike has been successfully avoided, according to News Works.

A contract deal for janitors and building engineers was reached late Tuesday night, the article stated.

According to the article, the new contract is a four-year deal that improves wages and maintains employer-paid health insurance and pensions.

"You''ve got these large companies that are making money but you always hear ''Well it''s time for the employees to pay for their health care,''" said Wayne MacManiman, Mid-Atlantic director of union local 32-BJ.

"We all know how expensive healthcare is. Hopefully the trend that we can set here is that unions stand up and negotiate and draw the line to say, ''We may take less in wages but we want the employer to provide health care for us,''" MacManiman added.

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