The thousands of janitors who clean downtown office buildings and other sites look set to avoid a strike, after their union reached a tentative agreement with building owners and managers in the city.
“Bargaining members are very happy with what’s in the contract, but they do need to take it back to their co-workers,” Leslie Mendoza Kamstra, a spokeswoman for Service Employees International Union Local 1, said Friday evening. “They succeeded in securing fair wages and good health-care benefits.”
SEIU Local 1 had been negotiating with the Building Owners and Managers Association Chicago, which represents roughly 230 buildings owners in downtown Chicago.
A contract had been set to expire Sunday, and workers had authorized their union leaders to call a strike if an agreement wasn’t reached.
Kamstra said union negotiations remain ongoing with building owners in the suburbs.
The union represents about 4,000 janitors at downtown commercial buildings, 3,000 in suburban office buildings, 2,000 in public schools and city of Chicago facilities and about 3,500 in malls, universities and other buildings.