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Twin Cities Janitors Rally Amid Contract Negotiations

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A day before they return to the bargaining table, dozens of Twin Cities janitors are holding a rally to renew their call for higher wages.

About 4,000 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been working without a contract since December. Union members marched into the U.S. Bank Plaza atrium Thursday, trying to put pressure on the building owners who hire the cleaning companies.

Janitor Strike Nicollet Mall
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While police were there, the protest remained peaceful. The janitors are asking for raises that would move both full-time and part-time janitors to $15 an hour, add more sick days, and workload restrictions.

The cleaning companies say they have offered to move full-time janitors to $15 an hour within two years, but not part-time workers. They also said employees working under the agreement will receive a benefits package that is well above the Twin Cities average.

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