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Dining hall workers at Harvard University are preparing to go on strike after more than three months of contract negotiations with university officials, according to a statement from Local 26, the union that represents the workers.

The workers’ current contract, which includes a “no-strike” clause, expires Sept. 17, said union spokesperson Tiffany Ten Eyck.

The workers are demanding at least $35,000 a year in pay and rejecting the university’s proposal that they assume more of their health care costs, Eyck said.

The workers are scheduled to announce their plans to strike at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Parish in Cambridge. The rally will include the unveiling of an approximately 120-foot mural that includes photos of more than 600 workers who are prepared to strike, she said.

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The news was first reported by the Harvard Crimson.

Eyck said that 70 percent of Harvard’s dining hall workers do not earn $35,000 without overtime. But Harvard University spokesperson Tania deLuzuriaga said the university’s wages are “highly competitive” and that the average dining hall worker earns nearly $22.00 an hour. Harvard’s proposed healthcare plan has been accepted by unions that represent more than 5,000 employees across campus, she said.


Lauren Fox can be reached at lauren.fox@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurenbfox.