SEIU janitors agree to new contract and avoid strike affecting Twin Cities office buildings


Good news for the trendy office folks wandering the Minneapolis skyways: They won't have to scrub their own toilets and they won't have their lunch hours interrupted again by the folks who do -- at least in the next three years or so.

That's because the Service Employees International Union Local 26, which claims more than 4,000 Twin Cities janitors as members, reached agreement over the weekend on the terms of a new contract with the companies they work for.

Rep. Keith Ellison and local Sierra Club representatives joined union members Monday morning at their in Minneapolis City Hall press conference announcing the deal, the Downtown Journal reported.

The terms of the contract were made public this morning by both the SEIU and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association, which represents ABM Janitorial Services, FBG Service Corp., Harvard Maintenance Inc., Mid-City Cleaning Contractors Inc. and Triangle Services.

"After 26 hours of last-minute bargaining, SEIU Local 26 janitors won a contract for good, green full-time jobs that include affordable health care," the union said in a statement.

Had they not, the janitors would have gone on strike at 4 p.m. today, and Twin Cities office towers might have looked a lot less scrubbed than usual.