CAMBRIDGE, MA — More than 400 Harvard University-affiliated custodians have signed a petition "in support of a just contract," according to The Harvard Crimson.
The petition comes as the university conducts contract negotiations with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615, the article stated.
According to the article, Matthew Gulish, a Local 615 organizer, has said the petition came out of growing concern that contract negotiations were being dragged out.
"Basically, these negotiations aren''t going quite as smoothly as we would like," Gulish said.
"This delegation will hopefully help speed things along," Gulish added.
University officials say they are focused on creating a negotiations process that is mutually beneficial for workers and for Harvard, the article noted.
"We are proud of the strong relationship that exists between the institution and its unionized workers," said university spokesperson Kevin Galvin.
"We are optimistic that the negotiations will be productive for both the university and the people who help to make it one of the world''s premier institutions for research and education," Galvin added.
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