Kansas City Custodians Receive New Contract

August 22, 2022

More than 900 custodians in the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area have agreed to a new contract with regional facility management companies.

Officials with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, which represents the custodians, reached an agreement with the management firms to increase the workers’ average pay rate by 18%. In addition, the workers will receive Juneteenth as a paid holiday and two paid sick days annually with a planned increase to three days annually.

“I am so proud of this new contract that [we] Local 1 workers won,” Local 1 janitor Sandy Hinson said in a statement to KSHB-TV. “[We] essential janitors risked our health and safety throughout the pandemic to ensure our communities stayed afloat and families stayed safe. Now, we are finally getting the respect, protection, and pay that reflects our hard work and sacrifice.”