By Jennifer McRae

UPDATE: Janitors Begin Strike At Denver International Airport Over Wages, Workload

DENVER (CBS4)– Hundreds of janitors at Denver International Airport have voted to strike. The 350 janitors are asking for fair wages and workloads.

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A total of 99% cast a “yes” vote to strike.

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The janitor’s union says their employer, Flagship, refused to bargain a contract with them after weeks of negotiations.

“In the four years that I’ve worked here, I’ve never seen unity like this between janitors across the airport,” said Solita Sualau, Janitor at DIA, in a statement. “Going on strike is not something any one of us wants to do, but if Flagship continues to refuse to value our essential work, we will do what it takes to get the respect we deserve and make these jobs good, livable wage jobs in our community.”

The current contract expires on Sept. 30. A strike is planned for noon on Friday, Oct. 1.

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DIA released the following statement to CBS4:

We urge our contractor Flagship, and our janitors’ union to come to agreement quickly. We believe they can resolve their differences. In the meantime, we are working closely with Flagship to minimize any disruption in service and impacts to DEN and our passengers.

Jennifer McRae