Chicago and Suburban janitors reach tentative agreements for new 3-year union contracts


April 9, 2012

Contact: Leslie Mendoza Kamstra 773-896-7815 or

Leslie Mendoza Kamstra, (773) 896-7815,


Chicago and Suburban janitors reach tentative agreements for new 3-year union contracts

Details of wage, benefit improvements to be revealed at janitors’

contract ratification votes Thursday


CHICAGO | Suburban janitors finally reached an agreement with suburban cleaning contractors after their three year contract was extended by one day.  The suburban janitorial contract comes three days after the Local 1 bargaining committee reached an agreement in principle for downtown commercial building janitors with the Chicago Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).  Together, the contracts cover more than 7,000 Chicagoland janitors and create a much-needed positive economic impact on our communities and economy.

Details of the agreements, which include significant gains in pay and protection of health care benefits, will be presented to janitors for their approval at ratification votes Thursday April 12th. The agreements were reached after a month of contract talks between janitors and their employers as well as BOMA.

In reaction to the tentative agreement, janitors’ Bargaining Committee member Urszula Przybyz, a janitor at ABM said, “We are very pleased with this outcome, not only for Local 1 janitors, but for all the working people in our city. When working families stick together, we all win. This is my sixth contract as a Local 1 janitor and I believe it’s the most beneficial one yet.”



SEIU Local 1 unites 50,000 property service workers in the central United States, including janitors, security officers and residential doormen.  Together we work to build strength for all working people, on the job and in our communities.

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