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Harvard janitors secure contract

November 17, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Harvard University and its janitors reached a last minute contract agreement late Tuesday night, according to the Boston Business Journal.

The contract is for five years and includes competitive wage increases and improvements to health benefits, the article stated.

"The agreement ensures that custodians at Harvard continue to earn well above the standard rate that the union has negotiated for the Boston area while guaranteeing that the University''s custodians have access to an exceptional benefits package, including health care and four weeks of paid vacation time," said Harvard''s Executive Vice President Katie Lapp.

According to the article, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615 called the "tentative" agreement a victory.

Workers are expected to vote Friday in order to ratify the agreement, the article noted.

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