Janitors Raise Milwaukee With Good Jobs

MILWAUKEE–By an overwhelming margin, SEIU Local 1 janitors in Milwaukee approved a new union contract increasing their ability to support their families and providing a more accessible benefits package. This contract covers 350 janitors in downtown Milwaukee and is the first three-year agreement to be approved since 2009.

mke5“These economic gains will directly benefit our region’s economy for years to come, helping hardworking families build a better Milwaukee for generations,” said SEIU Local 1 Wisconsin Coordinator Dave Somerscales. “Local 1 is leading the way for all working people – when you stand up together and bargain collectively, we all win.”

The new three-year contract, which went into effect on August 1, guaranteeswage increases over the life of the contract.  A key negotiations goal for the janitors was to ensure that their employers agree to yearly increases toward the provided health insurance.

15-year SEIU Local 1 member Maria Sada (left).

15-year SEIU Local 1 member Maria Sada (left).

“This is a huge victory for Milwaukee,” said SEIU Local 1 member employed by Modern Maintenance Maria Sada. “This will be the first time since 2009 that we won a three-year contract with raises and benefits improving each year over the life of the agreement. By standing together and working with our employers, we have created the kind of jobs that will benefit all of Milwaukee.”

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