SEIU 1 janitors seeking June 19 as official holiday

ON THE STUMP on June 20, SEIU Local 1 janitors took their request for adding June 19 to their official holiday list in current contract negotiations to the offices of three major janitorial contractors who clean buildings in downtown St. Louis. – SEIU Local 1 photo

Janitors working in downtown St. Louis in current contract negotiations, in addition to seeking wage and benefit improvements, are asking three major cleaning contractors to include June 19 – the new Juneteenth national holiday, as an official paid holiday in their contacts.

The St. Louis janitorial contract with Service Employees Local 1, which covers nearly 1,600 janitors throughout the city, expires October 31, 2022

“Local 1 essential janitors – many Black and Brown – have risked their health and safety during the global pandemic to protect Missourian families and communities. Now, it is time for these essential janitors to get the respect, protection and pay that they deserve,” said a news release from  Local 1.

The companies being asked to include the new holiday are Clean-Tech, 4M and ABM.


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