Last Day of SEIU 32BJ Harvard Janitors’ Contract
Students and janitors rally on Thursday, November 10. Photo Credit: Grace Z. Li, Harvard Crimson
Today is the last day of the contract that covers approximately 700 janitors at Harvard, who are represented by SEIU 32BJ. Last week, Harvard janitors voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike if the union and the university are unable to reach an agreement on the contract by the end of today. The janitors’ demands include affordable healthcare, raises, and more full-time work.
The approximately 300 security guards at Harvard are also represented by SEIU 32BJ and are engaged in contract negotiations. Harvard employs its security guards through the subcontractor Securitas. Security guards and Securitas have agreed to extend the contract until December 1 to allow for more time to bargain.