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Plymouth County custodians win big pay boost

February 9, 2022

For starters, the new contract gives Local 888 members a $2-per-hour pay increase.

The Plymouth County custodians have inked a new labor agreement that includes a $2-per-hour pay increase for the current fiscal year. The three-year pact also includes raises of 2 percent beginning July 2023 and 1 percent the following year.
For some, it could mean 15 percent in raises over the life of the contract, said Local 888 internal organizer Joan Caruso. In addition, members were set to receive a $300 bonus after the approval of the tentative agreement.
The team that shepherded the new labor agreement through the successful negotiations included Michael Wholey, chapter president, Thomas Jones and Ivanilda Depina. The chapter’s 12 custodians clean county buildings, such as courthouses and registries of deeds.
These include the Plymouth Country Superior Court in Brockton, often called Brockton Super Court.
In most respects, the contract that has been in place since July 2010 remains in effect. However, the new agreement adds a provision: “The Union agrees that security video cameras will be installed in county buildings in areas where the employees have no expectation of privacy, these cameras will not be used to discipline or discharge employees without use of progressive discipline.”
For information on what kinds of health and safety issues custodians could experience on the job, see