Janitors vote to strike across the Twin Cities

According to an article in The Star Tribune, the janitors of Service Employees International Union's Local 26 voted late Saturday night to authorize a strike.

The vote was crucial to the union's bargaining committee who is currently trying to negotiate a contract with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association. MPR News Q reports that the union's 4,000 members have been working without a contract since Jan. 8.

The main snag in the negotiations is benefits. Spokesman Javier Morillo said that health care is a major issue.

A statement from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association said that "it was disappointed but committed to negotiating an agreement... in their mutual best interest."

Two more negotiation meetings are scheduled later this month.

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