Chicago Janitors Get Better Pay, Protections
Many of the janitors who clean offices in downtown and suburban Chicago will receive higher wages and other benefits under a three-year contract their union struck with a local association.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 said an agreement with the Buildings Owners and Managers Association of Chicago will impact roughly 10,000 people, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
Janitors who work in downtown facilities will receive a more than 6.3 percent wage increase over three years. Janitors cleaning in the suburbs will receive a 7.7 percent improvement in pay over that time frame, as well as doubled contributions from their employer to 401(k) plans.
The janitors will have an easier time keeping their jobs, as the agreement grants better protection against job recalls. That's an important insurance considering many janitors across the county have been laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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