MINNEAPOLIS - In back-to-back votes, SEIU Local 26 security officers and janitors voted Saturday to authorize their respective bargaining committees to call a strike at any time.
Both groups of workers have been working under expired contracts since December 31.
The 6,000 janitors and security officers work for many of the same contractors, providing services at downtown and suburban workplaces for many of the Twin Cities’ largest corporations.
“Never before have janitors and security officers been negotiating a contract at the same time,” said Javier Morillo-Alicea, president of SEIU Local 26. “We have a common goal — to move our families and our community forward… Our employers have a common goal — they want to move us backward…”