DENVER (KDVR) – Denver International Airport caretakers were on strike for less than 12 hours before agreeing to end the dispute.
Three hundred and fifty employees contracted by Flagship Facility Services and represented by Service staff International Union Local 105 is no longer out of work.
“The janitors who keep this airport clean and safe were strong,” said Tikdem Atsbaha, an 18-year-old janitor. “We left the job united and we won historic wages and workload protection for janitors at this airport. This deal is good for janitors, it’s good for our communities, and it’s good for our airport.”
The group is responsible for maintaining cleanliness and sanitation in the main and terminal facilities at DIA. An increase of $ 4 per hour was agreed over the next three years as well as safer working conditions and paid leave. Wages are currently around $ 17 per hour.
“I am deeply proud of our members for joining, persevering and staying united,” said SEIU Local 105 President Ron Ruggiero. “They fought together for a contract that treated them like the heroes they have been called for almost two years. This contract is not only good for caretakers, it is good for all airport workers. Together, these caretakers are fighting to raise the standard and make a better airport for everyone. “
Ruggiero told FOX31, “they have been essential workers for the last 20 months of this pandemic, I think what is important for all of us to remember is that when this pandemic started, there were not even enough masks for all.”
FOX31 spoke to a janitor dancing to a band playing near the airport hotel during a party meeting. “In the end, we succeed and we deserve it,” one person said.
The DIA presented a statement saying the airport worked closely with the parties involved to minimize any disruption to service or the impact on passengers.
Flagship told FOX31 that it was prepared to maintain a clean and safe environment.
The next step in the process is for the janitors to vote on the amended contract, which is expected in the coming week. Employees resume work immediately.
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