Municipal Government

32BJ Reaches Contract Deal With Connecticut Landlords

January 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Hartford, Conn.—SEIU Local 32BJ reached a tentative contract deal covering about 2,100 janitors in the Hartford and New Haven areas Dec. 30, one day before their old contract expired.

If ratified, the four-year agreement with the Hartford Cleaning Contractors Association will eventually give janitors in Hartford and its suburbs, who currently make $13.55 to $15.10 an hour, a $1.60 raise. About 300 New Haven cleaners will get a raise from $12.40 to $14.10. The contract also increases the amount of sick days workers get, the union said, and doesn’t require them to pay health-insurance premiums. “We're relieved to have a deal on the table that will keep us working and that helps us keep up with rising costs,” said Ali Faatth, who cleans at the New Haven courthouse. Read more

January 8, 2016

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