Staging a rally and delivering a letter to University President Drew G. Faust’s office, graduate students on Thursday demanded that Harvard remain neutral and not interfere as they push for the right to form a union.
Clashing over issues ranging from the meaning of true democracy to the role of the Graduate Student Council, graduate students voted to pass a hotly contested resolution to condemn Harvard’s filing of a joint amicus brief against graduate student unionization at this month’s GSC meeting.
Demanding more diversity in Harvard’s doctoral programs, members of the graduate student unionization effort, along with undergraduates and university employees, rallied for the formation of a collective bargaining unit just steps away from University President Drew G. Faust’s office last Friday.
Members of the Harvard graduate student union effort formally launched the campaign “Working for a Healthy Harvard” last Wednesday in order to promote visibility for the issues graduate students face and to drum up support for their movement to unionize.
About 20 Ph.D. students in the Graduate School of Design and the History of Art and Architecture Department met with administrators on Wednesday to review student benefits and relay frustrations to the graduate school leadership.
At the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. student stipends have climbed annually by at least three percent for the past six years.