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NE janitors rally during contract talks

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BOSTON (AP) - A union representing 14,000 New England janitors who may be going on strike has held a candlelight vigil and march in Boston.

Several hundred janitors attended the vigil Sunday evening at LoPresti Park in East Boston and a procession to the Most Holy Redeemer Church. Meanwhile, negotiations continued hours before the contract for Local 615 of the Service Employees International Union was to expire at midnight Sunday.

Janitors complain that employers offer them as few as 18 hours a week, which prevents them from getting health insurance. The local represents janitors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire in talks with the Maintenance Contractors of New England.

Union officials say a strike could begin Monday. The contractors say they're ready to use managers and temporary workers to keep buildings clean.

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