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Harvard's dining hall workers are on strike, and 11 protesters were arrested


Harvard University dining hall workers went on strike Friday after negotiating for better pay and healthcare for months. 11 protesters were arrested, but more protests are on the way, according to The Guardian.

Harvard has an endowment of $37.6 billion, the largest in the nation. It announced a $10 million study last week that will include poverty research.However, the workers make around $20 an hour (the university says it's $21.89/hour, but local union Unite Here Local 26 disputes that).

Workers also argue the healthcare offered to workers is insufficient. But the school has insisted compared to nearby schools, it's healthcare plane is very generous.

The school also offered to increase wages by 10 percent over five years and to offer weekly stipends during the summer, when many employees don't work.  

I didn't have summer work. I've lost two cars that I was financing; my credit is shot.
Rosa Rivera

Rosa Rivera, a cook who's worked at the School of Public Health for 17 years, says she makes $21 an hour but is still homeless.

Laquiesha Rainey, another cook, said she had to borrow money to be able to buy diapers.

Supporters of the protesters weren't happy with the arrests.

It's the school's first strike in more than three decades.

Do you support the Harvard dining hall workers' strike?

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