NEW CONTRACTS BRING MORE JANITORS IN-HOUSE

LOS ANGELES -- Supermarket chains in southern California have agreed to move a larger portion of their janitorial staffs in-house, bucking a long-term national trend toward increasing use of subcontractors.In addition, all chains agreed to pay janitors union wages and, when third parties are used, to use only subcontractors who agree to pay union-level wages and benefits.The new contracts cover employees

LOS ANGELES -- Supermarket chains in southern California have agreed to move a larger portion of their janitorial staffs in-house, bucking a long-term national trend toward increasing use of subcontractors.

In addition, all chains agreed to pay janitors union wages and, when third parties are used, to use only subcontractors who agree to pay union-level wages and benefits.

The new contracts cover employees of Service Employees International Union Local 1877, which represents 2

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