Harvard U. workers rally for better wages

Members of Harvard workers’ unions rallied Nov. 9 to show solidarity with the university’s custodians and security guards, who are in the midst of a contract negotiation.

Represented by 32BJ SEIU, the custodians and security guards are looking to negotiate a pay raise, especially as the Boston area works on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, Harvard is offering a 2% pay raise, but members of 32BJ say that fails to keep up with rising costs of living in the area. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index for the Boston area, which the federal government uses to assess cost of living, was about 4% in September, about 3.5 percentage points higher than September of last year and about one percentage point higher than September 2018.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who spoke at last week’s rally, said that a wage increase is a matter


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