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VCU Cleaners Get First Union Contract

28 Jul 2023 9:07 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

VCU Cleaners Get First Union Contract

Virginia Commonwealth University cleaners have won their first union contract.

Along with 12 additional paid days off, the school's janitorial staff will also receive a pay increase. Under the contract, their pay will increase from $12 to $15 immediately, and over the next two years, they'll get 65-cent increases to bring their pay to more than $16 an hour.

While Virginia Commonwealth University cleaners have gotten their first union contract, union growth in the United States has slowed. A Pew Research poll finds more than half of Americans feel this decline is bad not only for working people, but for all Americans. (Jeff Auth-Wikimedia Commons)
Angela Arrington, a lead cleaner at VCU, described how this contract benefits workers.

"I think we'll be able to keep more people on our team with the pay raises," she said. "We got 401(k), we're going to be having health insurance. We're going to have vacation and some sick time, and that's going to help a lot, as well."

More at source: Public News Service

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