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Tentative labor pact reached for O.C. janitors

May 17, 2008|Andrea Chang | Times Staff Writer

Orange County janitors would receive wage and benefit improvements under a tentative agreement reached late Thursday with cleaning contractors and building owners.

The proposed four-year contract will be added to a separate agreement reached Monday by Los Angeles County janitors, forming a joint pact that union members are scheduled to vote on today.

If ratified, it would be the first time that janitors in both counties would operate under the same contract, said Mike Garcia, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1877.

About 8,000 janitors are represented by Local 1877 in the two-county region; 6,700 would be covered under the proposed contract. The janitors work primarily in commercial office buildings.

"Taking into consideration the needs of the employees, the needs of the clients and the needs of the companies, it's a fair deal," said Dick Davis, chief negotiator for the cleaning companies.

Under the proposed contract, Los Angeles County janitors would receive raises averaging more than $1,000 a year for four years and expanded benefits.

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andrea.chang@latimes.com

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