This time last week John J. Mark, president of the Maintenance Trades Council of New England, was threatening a strike by the council's 331 Harvard members, all Buildings and Grounds employees.
It seems now that Mark's threats were largely idle; both sides in negotiations called this week's session profitable, and the trades council seems less than insistent about getting a substantial pay raise out of the University.
The trades council's contract still ends January 6, after which the union could still strike--but it now appears that the University will get out of this fall's unusually heavy negotiating schedule relatively cheaply.
In a year of more than 10 per cent inflation, the trades council will probably end up with a pay raise in the neighborhood of 7 per cent; the employees representative association settled for 7.6 per cent, with 15 cents an hour extra for evening and night shift work.
Smiles and A One-Year SettlementHarvard finally finished up a rough fall season of union negotiations this week with a contract ratification and settlement with
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