November 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Cambridge, MA – Harvard University reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing its custodial workers around 1 a.m. Nov. 16, averting what would have been the second strike by campus service workers this fall.
The four-year deal will increase employees’ salaries by 12.5%, 32BJ SEIU said in a statement, bringing the janitors’ average salary from $21.89 an hour to $24.61 by 2020. The union also said the contract “secures employer-paid” health care and “includes language to promote full-time work.” About 30% of the university’s janitors work part-time. The deal was reached about an hour after 32BJ’s strike deadline. Harvard’s dining-hall workers went out on strike for 22 days in October. Read more