Workers at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) have gone on an indefinite strike after failing to reach an agreement with the education institution. General Teamsters Local 251, which represents 62 employees including custodians, groundskeepers, and movers, alleges that RISD did not offer a general wage increase or allow collective bargaining. This follows a previous one-day strike that was held less than two weeks ago by the same union, with protestors using an inflatable animal with a CEO t-shirt and money bag to symbolize their claims. According to Regina Santos, a custodian at RISD, it is difficult to survive on her salary after a decade of working there. RISD has countered that the union’s demands exceed what is “fiscally responsible” for the college. The education institute believes that the strike will not affect students’ access to buildings or their day-to-day activities.

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