Detroit janitors agree to contract that will raise wages to $15 an hour in 3 years

Posted at 12:13 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 12:13:22-04

The Service Employees International Union Local 1 janitors agreed to a contract where they would receive a $15 wage in the third year of their four-year contract.

The wage increases will add more than $9.3 million to Detroit's economy and communities over the life of the contract.

“This new contract means a better future for myself, my children and my community,” said SEIU Local 1 Detroit Metropolitan Airport Janitor Jasmine Hall. “But our fight for One Detroit isn’t over - we won’t stop until security officers, airport workers, arena workers, fast food workers and more can support their families with a $15 wage and good union jobs.”

“In the last five years alone, the Detroit City Council and Wayne County Commission have approved more than $1 billion in tax incentives in and around downtown Detroit,” said Detroit City Council President Pro Tempore Mary Sheffield.

“This contract and the campaign that led to it have sent a strong signal that as much as Detroiters celebrate downtown's revitalization, we recognize that it is meaningless if working families aren't experiencing the district's economic boom. 

The new contract will start on Wednesday.