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Harvard, large union at odds over health care

Members of Harvard University’s largest union reacted angrily Friday to assertions by the school in its annual report that health care costs for employees are growing at unsustainable rates.

The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers, which represents about 4,600 skilled office, laboratory, and library staffers, is negotiating medical care contributions and wage increases with university officials. Its contract expired June 30. “We’re in a difficult contract negotiation,’’ said Bill Jaeger, director of the union. “We’ve been struggling with health care issues for the past three years or so with some intensity.”

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