After bargaining through the night on Saturday to reach a deal early Sunday morning, janitors reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Contract Cleaners Association – including ABM, FBG, Harvard, Mid-City, and Triangle.
The contract includes a commitment to use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, and a union-wide labor-management committee to address all issues of sustainability, including when buildings choose to switch to day shift cleaning.
It also includes improved health insurance and secure, 8-hour full-time work for thousands of janitors who clean the vast majority of commercial office buildings and corporate headquarters in the region.
Over the course of the 3-year contract, all Twin Cities janitors will gain access to one common health insurance plan with better benefit levels for both single and family coverage, while maintaining cost control for employers and janitors alike.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak released the following written statement in congratulation for the contract agreement: “Minneapolis is a city that works day and night, and we’re very proud of that. But it doesn’t happen by accident: thousands of hard-working janitors make it happen week in and week out, and this contract represents an important accomplishment for them. Twin Cities janitors work hard every day not only to ensure that our offices are clean, but that their families join our city’s strong middle class and claim their share of the American dream. And the more they succeed in that, the more they give back to our community – and that’s good for everyone. I congratulate the members of Local 26 and our city’s business leaders for coming together to make sure that Minneapolis keeps working for everyone.”
Members of our union will vote to ratify the agreement this Saturday, and our bargaining committee has unanimously recommended that it be ratified. Negotiations with Marsden Building Maintenance continue today, and we are confident that we will reach a tentative agreement soon.
This has been a long and sometimes difficult process over the last three months, but we are glad to have reached a fair settlement with cleaning companies without having had to go on strike. We look forward to seeing you in the buildings every day and every night.