City Office Cleaners Ratify Contract

Some 22,000 New York City office cleaners ratified a four-year agreement with their employer, the Realty Advisory Board, this week.

The deal, set to expire in 2015, provides a 5.6 percent wage increase over the life of the contract, bonuses totaling $1,100, and maintains fully employer-paid family health care coverage, according to 32BJ SEIU.

"This is a fair agreement with modest wage increases that will help the 22,000 building cleaners remain a part of the City’s middle class," said 32BJ President Mike Fishman in a statement. “This contract will help workers support their families, and contribute to the growth of the economy."

The contract also calls for a joint project between 32BJ and the real estate industry to promote economic development and good jobs in the city.