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Canisius College workers to protest contract offer

Canisius College facilities workers are planning a rally on campus Tuesday afternoon to protest proposed cuts to their retirement benefits.

About 60 members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 200 in November voted down a contract offer from the college. It was the second tentative agreement voted down by members in the past several months. The workers also voted to authorize a strike, but have not walked out.

Union representative Joshua Warden said the college's offer amounts to slashing its retirement package by $88,000 per year. In the current contract, employees who put two percent of their salaries toward retirement receive an eight percent match from the college, said Warden. The college is offering a four percent match to employees who put one percent of their salaries toward retirement, he said.

The rally is the second in as many months. It will be held on the sidewalk in front of the library starting at 4 p.m.

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