The bargaining committee for organized janitors, who work at office and institutional buildings across the Twin Cities, late this afternoon reached a tentative contract settlement with their employers, according to the workers' union.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 said it had reached a three-year deal with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association that includes pay raises, healthcare improvements and certain job security.
The deal came just after 4 p.m. today (Saturday) after more than 31 straight hours of bargaining, the union said in a press statement. Janitors still need to ratify the contract.
Representatives for the Cleaners Association could not be found for immediate comment.
Meanwwhile, talks broke down Friday afternoon for 2,000 security officers with SEIU Local 26 after employers walked away from the table, the union said. Security officers will go on strike as early as Monday in their effort to create and expand even more jobs for the community, Local 26 said.
Local 26 janitors and security officers work in more than a dozen Twin Cities communities including Burnsville, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Roseville, St. Louis Park and Woodbury.
To read background on the labor issue, click on to this Patch report.