DENVER (KDVR) – Concierges at Denver International Airport have been on strike for less than 12 hours before reaching an agreement to end the conflict.
Three hundred and fifty employees hired by Flagship Facility Services and represented by Service Employees International Union Local 105 no longer stand up to work.
“The janitors who keep this airport clean and safe have remained strong,” said Tikdem Atsbaha, an 18-year-old janitor. “We left work united and got historic salaries and workload protections for the janitors at this airport. This agreement 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 halls and terminals of DIA. A $ 4 per hour increase over the next three years has been agreed, along with safer working conditions and paid time off. Wages are currently around $ 17 an hour.
“I am deeply proud that our members have come together, are steadfast and remain united,” said Ron Ruggiero, President of SEIU Local 105. “They fought together for a contract that treated them like the heroes they were called for almost two years. This contract is not only good for the janitors, it is good for all airport employees. Together, these concierges are fighting to raise the bar and create a better airport for everyone.
Ruggiero told FOX31: “They have been vital workers during the last 20 months of this pandemic, I think what’s important to all of us is that when this pandemic started there was not even not enough masks for everyone. “
FOX31 spoke with concierges who danced to a band performing near the airport hotel at a celebratory rally. “At the end of the day, we are successful and we deserve it,” said one person.
The DIA has provided a statement indicating that the airport has worked closely with the parties involved to minimize any disruption in service or impact on passengers.
Flagship told FOX31 that it is ready 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 will return to work immediately.
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