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In this photo from early May, students and residents conduct a candlelight vigial to show their support for the Yale University graduate students who were then on a hunger strike in New Haven. (Catherine Avalone / New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN, CT — The last three of eight graduate teachers who were fasting to try to push Yale University to the bargaining table broke their fast after 14 days, their places taken by other members of Local 33 Unite Here. The labor action enters its third week Tuesday.

Two weeks is not long enough for a healthy person to suffer serious physical harm, according to medical professionals. After that time, however, the body will start breaking down protein in the muscles and other organs.

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