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A group of protesters from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30, representing facilities workers on campus, are hosting a protest today outside of Fairfield University President Marc Nemec, PhD.’s residence on Round Hill Rd.

“We’re here to draw some attention to our contract negotiations,” says Steve Broderick, a business representative of the Local 30 branch. “Our members here aren’t paid fairly and aren’t receiving healthcare benefits that are appropriate.”

Appropriate wages, good healthcare benefits – we think those are human rights. Those comply with the Jesuit and social values, and it’s time that they start responding appropriately.

Steve Broderick

“We’ve been in negotiations. We’re not making what we think to be the appropriate progress, and this is a way to call some attention to that” Broderick states. “Appropriate wages, good healthcare benefits – we think those are human rights. Those comply with the Jesuit and social values, and it’s time that they start responding appropriately.”

The Department of Public Safety closed down the campus gate that is across from the protest on Round Hill Rd by Barnyard Manor.

The Rearview will continue to update this story as it develops.

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