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With more than 10,000 students scheduled to begin fall classes Monday, Syracuse University officials braced for an impending labor strike that could disrupt everything from custodial services to classes.

This week, Gershon Vincow, vice president of academic affairs, issued a tersely worded memo to academic deans, asking them to remind faculty and staff of all 13 schools and colleges that their first responsibility lies with "the education and well-being of our students."

School officials are concerned about a possible stoppage by more than 700 noninstructional workers and the ripple effect it might have if some sympathetic faculty and staff decide not to hold classes.

Those who don't hold classes, however, may be risking their pay, their benefits, even their jobs, Vincow warned.

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