Union For New England Janitors Reaches Tentative Agreement

A union representing 14,000 New England janitors has reached a tentative contract agreement that allows them to avoid a strike.

A spokeswoman for Local 615 of the Service Employees International Union said early Monday that the agreement followed a day of negotiations that went beyond the union’s midnight deadline. She declined to discuss details of the proposed contract. A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at the union’s Boston headquarters.

Several hundred janitors attended a candlelight vigil Sunday at LoPresti Park in East Boston and participated in a procession to the Most Holy Redeemer Church.

Janitors have complained that employers offer them as few as 18 hours a week, which prevents them from getting health insurance.

The local represents janitors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire in talks with the Maintenance Contractors of New England.