ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — About 12,000 office cleaners in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are threatening to strike when their contract expires this week.

The union representing the cleaners is asking for wage increases, fewer staffing cuts and health-care benefits for more workers. According to The Washington Post, the union says only about a third of the office cleaners in the Washington area are full-time and get health benefits.

But the cleaning companies that employ the workers say they’re still struggling because of the shaky economy. They say the current wages and benefits were agreed to in 2007, when the economy was in much better shape. They’re asking to maintain the current contract, at least for one year. It expires at midnight on Oct. 15.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    Please strike, We have plenty of unemployed people that would love to have the work! Unions have all but destoryed jobs in this country with their greed. Its a shame, they use to be about the worker, but now its about GREED! I can’t wait for this economy to collapse! I can’t wait till the people of this country have to wake up and realize that the peple running this country are nothing but a bunch of GREEDY B@$t@rds! Its a shame we can’t export stupidity, its the only thing we create anymore!

    1. If We Could Export Stupidity, We'd Export You First says:

      “Unions have all but destoryed jobs in this country with their greed.”

      What are you, a paid sock puppet? The BANKS AND CORPORATIONS have destroyed this country with their greed. GE, for example, not only pays NO taxes, they get literally billions in tax CREDITS, all while shipping jobs overseas.

      Germany isn’t suffering an economic meltdown yet their workers are well paid, have universal health coverage, free education, and get far more paid leave/vacation than ours do. It’s not the unions (whom you can thank for your idiot @zz not working in a sweatshop 60 hours a week at $1 an hour) or the union workers (who have every right to a good wage and benefits). It’s the corporations and banksters, with the complicity of their political puppets (both Democrat and Republican), who took this country down. And they’ve successfully trained morons like you to turn on your fellow peasants rather than attack the real enemy: them. Stop listening to talking heads on TV and wake up, idiot!

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