Thousands of janitors avoid strike

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Feb 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) About 4,000 janitors in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are voting this week on a tentative contract agreement with about a dozen office cleaning companies.

The union representing the janitors says it reached an agreement with the employers on Saturday — averting a strike.

The Services Employees International Union Local 26 says the tentative contract includes raises of $1.20 an hour over three years and better health care coverage.

The janitors are employed by third-party contractors to clean corporate offices, including Target and Best Buy.

A phone listing for the Minneapolis St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association was not immediately available Sunday.

The union also represents security officers, who did not reach an agreement after talks broke down Friday. The union says security officers could go on strike as early as Monday.

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