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UAW reaches tentative agreement with Aramark GM janitors

Breana Noble
The Detroit News

The United Auto Workers reached a proposed tentative agreement with a janitorial services company that contracts with General Motors Co., a UAW spokesman said.

The proposed deal is the next step to bringing an end to the strike of 850 Aramark Corp. employees at five GM plants in Michigan and Ohio. They have been on strike since Sept. 15 — one day before the start of the national walkout of UAW members at the Detroit automaker.

Leroy Banner of Warren, a painter’s helper for Aramark at the GM Tech Center, pickets at Gate 9 at the GM Tech Center.

An end to both strikes would be needed so that UAW members would not have to cross the picket line of fellow union members, as UAW-GM members had for one day ahead of their own strike. Philadelphia-based Aramark provides maintenance at five GM facilities: Detroit-Hamtramck, Warren, Flint, Grand Blanc and Parma, Ohio.

No details of the proposed agreement with Philadelphia-based Aramark immediately were available. The Aramark contract with the UAW was up more than a year ago and had been on extended status until Sept. 15.

Aramark did not immediately return request for comment Thursday night.

Key issues for the union were wages, caps on health insurance, vacation time and 401K retirement plans, according to a news release.

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