This is good news:
About 1,200 Cincinnati janitors voted Saturday to accept their first union contract with the area’s eight largest cleaning companies, landing a deal that will more than double their pay in five years.
The accord came after representatives for the Cincinnati janitors overwhelmingly approved a five-year contract with ABM, Jancoa, Aetna Building Maintenance, Professional Maintenance of Cincinnati, Scioto Corp, GSF, NSG and OneSource.
The janitors had earlier this month authorized calling a strike if necessary. But the union and the employers tentatively agreed to a deal after two days of talks that lasted until nearly 2 a.m. Friday.
The service economy is the largest portion of our economy and expected to provide almost all the new non-governmental jobs until 2014. Whatever happens with free trade in the future, technology and the inevitability of global competition will prevent a return to th 1950s, when the US was the manufacturer of the world. If our economy is going to continue to grow, then service sector jobs have to be made into middle class jobs in the same way that factory jobs were eventually made into middle class jobs. Unions cntracts like this one a a necessary first step in that process.