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32BJ, Realty Board reach contract agreement, avert strike

Posted 12/29/23

A tentative deal reached early this morning between 32BJ SEIU and the board representing building owners, managers and cleaning companies will avert a strike by 20,000 commercial cleaners and other workers that was set to begin Jan. 1. 

The provisional four-year agreement, reached following a marathon negotiating session between the union’s bargaining committee and the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, would let the workers keep their employer-paid health benefits, a provision the union had insisted on but which RAB had said as recently as last week was unsustainable.

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