In an e-mailed statement, SEIU spokeswoman Renee Asher called the deal “good for workers, good for the industry and good for New England.” SEIU plans to announce further information about the tentative agreement this afternoon. Reached over e-mail, Matt Ellis, a spokesperson for Maintenance Contractors of New England (MCNE), the association which represents the janitorial contractors in negotiations, said, “We are pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached and there will be no interruption of services.”
SEIU Local 615 represents 14,000 janitors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, most of them in and around Boston. For decades, they’ve had a multi-employer union contract with janitorial-contracting companies, whose clients currently include Fidelity Investments, the pharmaceutical company Novartis, and Dunkin Donuts, a chain partially owned by Bain Capital and other private equity firms. The New England janitors last went on strike for four weeks in 2002. Their counterparts in Houston settled a four-week strike two months ago.