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Custodial workers authorize strike

November 14, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, MA — A unanimous vote by Harvard University custodians has authorized a strike should their union fail to negotiate a new contract by the end of Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe.

"All of the people who have cleaned and worked very hard for many years at Harvard are going to do whatever it takes, including strike, to make sure Harvard does the right thing for all workers,’" said Rocio Saenz, president of Local 615 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The university has repeatedly defended its treatment of their custodians and remains adamant that they are attempting to reach a contract agreement by Tuesday''s deadline, the article stated.

According to the article, Harvard officials said they have increased custodial wages by at least 36 percent since 2005 and insist they pay more toward health care than many other universities.

Custodians, union leaders and supportive students, however, protest that the well-endowed university doesn’t do enough for its blue-collar workers, the article noted.

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