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Twin Cities security guards, janitors ratify new contracts

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Twin Cities security guards with Service Employees International Union Local 26 ratified a new contract Saturday, three days after going on a one-day strike, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

The contracts for 2,000 security guards as well as 4,000 metro-area janitors expired on Dec. 31.

The security guards took to the streets Wednesday and reached a tentative agreement with their employers on Friday.

About 4,000 janitors with Local 26, who reached a settlement with their employers Feb. 23, also ratified their new contract Saturday, MPR reports.

The new deal for the security guards calls contract calls for raises of $1.20 over three years, plus an improvement in health care benefits.

The janitors struck a similar deal, with the $1.20 wage increase over three years and improved health care.

A security guard with the union said Friday that they "won" because everybody stood together.

"Standing shoulder to shoulder with our community, security officers and janitors together won the best contracts in the history of the local service sector industry," Elena Krelberg said.

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