- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A union representing more than 1,000 Pittsburgh-area janitors says it has reached a new contract agreement with office building owners.

The current contract is set to expire at midnight Saturday. The new, four-year deal runs through Oct. 31, 2019.

The Managers, Owners and Contractors Association began negotiating with the janitors’ Service Employees International Union bargaining committee last month.

Sam Williamson, the union’s western Pennsylvania district leader, says “employees and businesses can work together effectively to reach a fair agreement.”

Terms of the deal won’t be released until the union ratifies the contract at a vote next week. But the union says the deal includes a “fair” wage increase and keeps benefits at their current level.

The deal covers janitors in Pittsburgh and the rest of Allegheny County.

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