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Striking window washers ratify new contract, win wage increase to $26 hourly over the life of the deal

Striking window washers ratify new contract, win wage increase to $26 hourly over the life of the deal

After nearly a month on strike, the window washers who dangle from Chicago’s downtown high-rises have ratified a new contract that includes a 27 percent wage hike.

The agreement raises the base hourly wage of experienced window washers to $26 over the life of the five-year contract, and doubles their life insurance to $100,000 from $50,000, Service Employees International Union Local 1 said Friday after members “overwhelmingly” approved the contract.

The wage increase, from $20.50 currently, is the largest in the union’s history, said the SEIU Local 1, which represents about 260 window washers.

“I’m more than happy,” said Cruz Guzman, 27, a second-generation window...

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