CINCINNATI--()--The Cincinnati Area Contractors Association, comprising four leading building maintenance companies in the Cincinnati area, today continued to work for a negotiated agreement covering their local janitorial employees.
“We are committed to reaching an agreement in the mutual best interest of all parties – including employees, customers and contract cleaning companies alike”
The maintenance contractors are negotiating a new agreement with the Chicago-based Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1. The existing contract was extended until October 31, 2012, and the parties resume negotiations today.
“We are committed to reaching an agreement in the mutual best interest of all parties – including employees, customers and contract cleaning companies alike,” said Tim Reilly, chief negotiator for the Cincinnati Area Contractors Association. “We are hard at work at the bargaining table to resolve this expeditiously and properly. It’s important to understand the facts surrounding the negotiation, including:
- “All of the covered workers are provided good wages, health care benefits, paid holidays, paid vacation time, job training and more – all according to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement the SEIU previously concluded with contractors;
- “We approach bargaining mindful of the ongoing economic challenges and customers’ need to manage costs carefully; and
- “Despite the economic environment, many of these workers received wage increases of a combined 40% over the past five years – including 11% this year alone.”
While the Association includes four companies, there are other building maintenance companies serving the Cincinnati market – both non-union companies, which do not adhere to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, and still other companies that have chosen not to participate in the negotiations, but will adhere to its eventual terms.