Representing more than 200 Chicago window washers, SEIU* Local 1 reached a deal with Corporate Cleaning Services and a coalition of other contractors and "ratified a history making agreement on July 19."
After "contentious negotiations" that spanned beyond their previous contract's end date, the new deal features "significant gains in pay, safety improvements, and protection of health care benefits," according to the union.
"We're pleased we concluded bargaining with Corporate Cleaning Services as well as the Coalition," said SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff. "We are glad that Corporate Cleaning Service led the way for the other contractors by stepping up, giving significant raises to their employees and most importantly doing the right thing for Chicago's working families. Our unified agreement with Corporate Cleaning Services and the Coalition will allow the window washers to provide a better future for their families and help raise America with good jobs."
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