Back to work. Striking workers have agreed to a new contract at the world’s largest radio telescope in Chile.

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ALMA Strike Ends

The strike at Chile’s Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the world’s largest radio telescope, has ended 17 days after it began. The 195-member worker's union agreed to end the strike after a meeting with ALMA Director Pierre Cox this weekend. The management has agreed to give a 4% pay raise to workers who make less than $1500 a month, reduce their workweek from 45 to 40 hours starting next year, and provide a $5-per-hour bonus to those who work at the observatory's high site—5000 meters above sea level, where all of ALMA's antennas are located. The strike had paralyzed most observations at the observatory, which researchers use to study an array of questions, including how the first planets and galaxies formed.

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