Building cleaners from Hartford and New Haven, including those who maintain the state Capitol and Wesleyan University, have voted to authorize a possible strike.
The Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ, which represents the nearly 2,000 cleaners, announced Thursday that workers voted to allow their bargaining committee to call a strike if necessary. They claim that talks with the Hartford Area Cleaning Contractors Association have stalled over differences about wages and benefits.
The cleaners' current contract expires on Jan. 1.
They're responsible for cleaning some key buildings in the two cities, including the Old State and The Travelers Tower in Hartford and New Haven City Hall.
House Speaker Chris Donovan, a Democratic candidate in the 5th Congressional district, voiced support for the workers at a rally preceding the strike vote.