UNICCO workers avoid strike

Nearly 400 cleaners and landscapers at the University of Miami reached a tentative three-year agreement that provides 7.5 percent in wage increases over three years, maintains employer-paid health care coverage and improves sick days and vacation time. However, the request for a 30-minute break when working outside in temperatures above 100 degrees was denied.

The agreement overcomes an issue that has been controversial in the past. In 2006, prior to joining the Service Employees International Union, UM’s workers protested the low wages and lack of health insurance through a labor strike that also grew to include hunger strikes.

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September 1, 2010


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