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University workers on the verge of striking

September 26, 2013

EUGENE, OR — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 503 is heading back to the negotiating table with the Oregon University System, according to KLCC-AM.

The union and the university system have been in negotiations since early January in anticipation of an expiring two-year contract, the article stated.

According to the article, if negotiations fail, roughly 1,600 janitors, secretaries and other behind-the-scenes workers are set to go on strike.

At a rally last week, university researcher and Chief Bargaining Delegate for the Union Kurt Willcox said negotiations have come down to money, the article noted.

"We have a lot of folk — fully a third of the people in the University system, and a third right here at the University — who make less than $2,500 a month. Twenty five hundred dollars happens to be the amount of money it takes to be eligible, if you’re a family of four, for food stamps," said Wilcox.

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