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April 30, 2015

Pitt, SEIU near agreement

The University and its service workers union are nearing agreement on a new contract after months of negotiations.

Approximately 400 custodians, mechanics, groundskeepers and maintenance workers represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ have been working under an extension to an agreement that expired in December.

Ken Service, vice chancellor for communications, said an “agreement in principle” on major contract issues has been reached. “Everyone is pleased with the progress,” he said, adding that a bargaining session was set for today, April 30, to work on ironing out the finer details.

An SEIU spokeswoman told the University Times that a tentative agreement has been reached.

Neither side would discuss the terms in detail.

Earlier this week, workers received notice that informational meetings and a contract ratification vote had been set for May 5.

—Kimberly K. Barlow