Area Janitors, Security Officers Taking Strike Authorization Vote Saturday

The two groups, represented by SEIU Local 26, will decide whether to give their bargaining committees the power to call a strike, if necessary, in the lagging contract talks.


Hundreds of Twin Cities-area union janitors and security officers are slated Saturday morning to vote on whether to give their bargaining committees the right to call strikes in the stalled labor negotiations. 

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 said it has been bargaining for months for new contracts for its more than 6,000 members who are janitors and security officers, and that the groups have been working since Dec. 31 without new contracts. The union said both of the labor bargaining committees have recommended a "yes" vote for a strike authorizstion. 

The union workers, who will take their strike authorization vote at 11 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, are "facing the threat of reduced hours and benefits," Local 26 said in a press statement. To date, "negotiations have yielded little progress," despite a federal mediator assisting in the talks, the union said. 

The union has accused management of bargaining in bad faith;the Minneapolis-St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association was not immediately available for comment. 

Joining the Local 26 members for their strike vote will be U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, as well as dozens of community allies, the union said.

If workers give their bargaining committees the right to call strikes, that authorization is likely to push the parties to sit down at the negotiations table and hammer out new agreements. For example, three years ago, Local 26 janitors gave the union strike authorization but they were able to avert a work stoppage and reached a settlement with management. 

Still, if a strike were to occur this time, a labor stoppage would affect commercial office buildings at hundreds of locations across the Twin Cities, from Apple Valley and Burnsville to Stillwater and Woodbury.

A media representative for Local 26 said the union has janitors and security officers working at these buildings across the metro: 

Apple Valley – Anchor Bank, Dakota County West Service Center

Burnsville – Gateway Office Plaza, Park Nicollet Clinic

Eagan – Thomson Reuters, TCA National Headquarters, Ecolab, Blue Cross – Yankee place and Waterview, plus corporate

Eden Prairie – United Healthcare Optum Health Buildings, GE Capital, Crosstown Centre, First Western Bank and Trust, Prairie Lutheran Church, Hennepin County Library

Edina – Southdale Office Centre and mall, Galleria, Minnesota Center, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina Corporate Center, One Corporate Center/Plaza, US Bank, Wells Fargo

Fridley – Medtronic HQ, Target Dist. Center

Golden Valley – General Mills HQ, Target Financial, KARE-11 TV, Wells Fargo Golden Valley

Hopkins – Cargill

Lakeville – Cedar Ave Prof Building

Maple Grove – Arbor Lakes, Wells Fargo Maplewood,

Mendota Heights –Mendota Office Center

Minneapolis – More than 200 locations in the city with the most workers concentrated at US Bank, Wells Fargo and Target. 

Minnetonka – Cargill, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics

Plymouth – Plymouth Corporate Center, US Bank

Roseville – Rosedale Corporate Plaza,Rosedale Shopping Center. Roseville Corporate Center, MN Dept of Education, Symantec – Centre Pointe Business Park, MN Dot – Metro District, Rosedale Corporate Plaza, Roseville West Office, Symantec, Windsor Office Plaza, Roseville Professional Center, 

Rosedale Towers, Twin Lakes Medical, Centre Pointe Business Park, Rosewood Office Plaza, Sebesta Blomberg, Roseridge Office Plaza, Northstar Bank – Roseville, Fed Ex, Roseville Area High School, Seimens Building Technologies, Ramsey County Library – Roseville, Industrial Fabrics Assn Intl, Children’s Center Pointe Admin Building

St. Louis Park – Metropoint buildings

Stillwater – 3M, Stillwater High School

Woodbury – Woodbury Lakes Shoping Center, Office Place, Medtronic, Target Direct



Brent4Liberty February 08, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Sounds like a shake down by Andy Stern and the SEIU, I would hope that some of these businesses would have the stones to say, you go on strike, you lose this contract..
Billy February 09, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Janitors and security officers are a dime a dozen. How many are actual documented workers. The ones in our building don't even speak English.
Al Porter February 09, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Perhaps someone should contact the security companies to get their side of this issue before printing a one-sided report.
Paul Whackernutz February 09, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Well at least there will be a legitimate reason now why my office isn't getting vacuumed.


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