Security officers, janitors back to bargaining table

by Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio

January 2, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities security officers and janitors are headed back to the bargaining table, after their contracts with maintenance and security companies expired.

The contracts for security officers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as 4,200 janitors that clean commercial buildings in the seven-county metro area, expired Dec. 31 said Javier Morillo, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 26 based in Minneapolis.

“The members of Local 26 keep those commercial office spaces safe and clean,” Morillo said.

The 4,200 janitorial workers with SEIU voted to strike in 2009, but reached a contract settlement before work stopped. About 1,000 security officers walked out in a one-day strike in Minneapolis and St. Paul in 2008, but agreed to a contract in April.

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