SEIU janitors ink contract with building owners

Service Employees International Union 32BJ and the Maintenance Contractors of New England signed a two-year extension of their joint contract on June 16, with the aim of stabilizing the custodial workforce.

Key features of the contract include wage increases, an extension of health care benefits and steps to help laid-off janitors return to work. The contract was set to expire on Sept. 30, 2021, before the extension. The 12,000 union members will vote to ratify the agreement in July.

Roxana Rivera, Vice President of 32BJ SEIU, highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic’s toll on custodians. In comments to the Banner, she said that janitors “endured not only … losing their jobs during this pandemic but also, because they live in communities … most impacted by this pandemic … contracting the virus or [having] family members or neighbors [who] contracted the virus, and experiencing a loss of lives.”

Rivera stressed the essential and

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