Janitors back at work as contract talks continue [Columbus Dispatch]

by Mark Williams, September 26, 2013.

Hundreds of Columbus janitors have gone back to work after a one-day strike on Tuesday.

The Service Employees International Union Local 1, which represents about 1,000 workers, said the workers returned to work Wednesday night after progress was made on reaching a new agreement with cleaning contractors. More negotiations are set for Monday.

The union has said the contractors who employ the janitors have been demanding that they work fewer hours as a way to cut costs and reduce benefits.

The union has been negotiating with the Columbus Area Service Contractors Association, which represents seven cleaning companies.

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