Janitors Union Inks Tentative Four-Year Agreement
Photo: Chris Juhn / SEIU Local 26

Janitors Union Inks Tentative Four-Year Agreement

The new contract would provide a wage increase of $2.20 an hour over the next four years.

Commercial janitors in the Twin Cities have won a pay bump and a commitment to more environmentally friendly cleaning practices. The agreement averted a strike that would have begun on Monday.

On Saturday, the Service Employees International Union Local 26 reached a tentative agreement with the metro’s biggest cleaning companies. Full-time workers will see a wage increase of $2.20 per hour over the next four years. That will bring their wages above $18 an hour.

Part-time workers’ pay will increase from $11.12 an hour to $16 an hour.

The agreement, which followed months of negotiations and a 24-hour strike in late February, also included a provision establishing a “labor-management cooperation fund,” which will provide money to teach “green cleaning” techniques. Under the terms of the agreement, the cleaning companies will put one to cents per hour worked into the fund.

The SEIU Local 26, which represents about 4,000 commercial janitors in the Twin Cities metro, negotiated for contract language addressing sexual harassment, too.

Union members still need to ratify the agreement.