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BREAKING: Sodexo, Unite Here reach agreement, debate will go on

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LMU continues to prepare for Thursday's Democratic debate. The event has been complicated by a labor dispute between Sodexo and Unite Here Local 11. 

Update 12/17/19 9:50 a.m.: This story has been updated to include a statement from LMU. 

Sodexo and Unite Here Local 11 have reached an agreement, ending the dispute that kept the DNC presidential debate in limbo. After all seven candidates said they wouldn't cross the picket line, DNC chairman Tom Perez worked the phones all weekend in an effort to save the debate, sources familiar with the negotiations told the Loyolan Election 2020 team. 

The three-year agreement increases pay by 25% and decreases health care costs by 50%, according to Unite Here's press release. It also increases workers' job security.

"Over the weekend, senior leaders from LMU met with representatives from Sodexo and UNITE HERE Local 11 to understand better their perspectives and advocate for earnest engagement and progress toward a resolution," LMU said in a statement sent out to the school. "We are pleased with this outcome and glad that we were able to play a constructive role by bringing the negotiating parties together."

The Loyolan will provide live updates from Unite Here's 1 p.m. press conference this afternoon.

Jacob Cornblatt is a junior film, television, and media studies major who watches a movie every day. He enjoys laying in a hammock under a palm tree, longing for the suffocating humidity of Gaithersburg, MD.

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