The interim agreement increases wages, maintains benefits paid by employers and contains clear language on the prohibition of sexual harassment as well as other rule changes, said Lenore Friedlaender, assistant to the president of 32BJ SEIU. “The [contractors`] association is seeking a fair and reasonable agreement with the union for its employees and customers,” Ellis said. “The association hopes that it will reach an agreement with the union by December 31, 2019 through good faith collective bargaining.” The interim agreement took place after 32BJ-Baudienst set up Sixth Avenue and voted to authorize an industry strike on Wednesday, December 18, if no agreement was reached before the expiry of the existing contract at the end of the year. But he said Monday that for workers in Fairfield County and the Hudson Valley, “If we don`t reach an agreement today, we`re going to go on strike.” Hernandez said the bargaining committee had the right to declare a strike at any time next year. Soults said in an email that a union bargaining committee representing more than 3,000 janitors in Fairfield County and New York`s lower Hudson Valley reached a preliminary agreement Monday with an industry group representing cleaning companies and building owners, averting a strike after December 31. Preliminary agreement between RAB and Local 94. 32BJ increased from 1 January 2019 The union held a massive rally on Wednesday where members approved a 32BJ strike and RAB is not expected to reach an agreement before the end of the year. The two sides formally agreed on wages by 31 December, negotiations between the union and the contractors began on 30 October. Subsequently, the janitors voted unanimously on 12 and 14 December to authorize a strike after 31 December, in the absence of an agreement. The strike was averted in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield! Congratulations to the negotiating committee for obtaining an interim agreement, the CHARGE for 75,000 32BJ commercial cleaning agents on the East Coast! The ratification will be voted on Saturday! Yes, he did! #BuildingJustice @lohud pic.twitter.com/fvVbZidEdm “We are pleased and proud to have reached a strong interim agreement today,” said Lenore Friedlaender, assistant to the president of 32BJ SEIU and head of the Hudson Valley union, in a statement. “This four-year contract provides a significant pay increase for 3,000 men and women, maintains their high quality, benefits paid by employers, and makes significant rule changes that improve communication and respect in the workplace, including plain language to prohibit sexual harassment.” 32BJ President Kyle Bragg issued a statement explaining that the negotiating committee`s hard work in a “new strong agreement” was worth it. Hernandez said union members were pleased with the New Haven and Hartford agreements. New York, NY – More than 20,000 construction workers across the city will remain in service throughout the holiday period, after their union and the organization representing landowners and contractors reached an interim agreement Friday on a new four-year contract.