Ballot boxes containing student votes have remained sealed for nearly two weeks, which is standard protocol until all questions about challenged ballots are resolved.
Around 1,000 challenged ballots have delayed a tally to determine whether or not eligible Harvard students voted to unionize.
Officials at the National Labor Relations Board have not yet begun counting the ballots from last week's union election due to the time-consuming process of sifting through challenges.
Eligible graduate student research and teaching assistants, as well as undergraduate teaching assistants, cast their ballots for or against unionization at the Phillips Brooks House Association in Harvard Yard and the Dental School in Longwood.
Students for and against graduate student unionization have escalated their organizing activity in preparation of the official vote on Wednesday and Thursday.
A loosely organized effort opposed to student unionization has escalated its activities in the leadup to this week’s vote on whether students from across Harvard’s graduate schools and the College will form a collective bargaining unit.
A student union—which, if approved, would include all eligible voters regardless of their preference—would collect fees from its members to pay for union services.
In an email sent to the entire Harvard faculty, staff, and student body, University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 said“much is at stake” in the upcoming graduate student union election on Nov. 16 and 17
As the historic vote on unionization nears and with other universities watching, both Harvard graduate and undergraduate organizers campaign ever more aggressively.
The University is gearing up for a union election on Nov. 16 and 17, in which eligible graduate and undergraduate students will decide if they want a union to represent them for the purposes of collective bargaining.
This weekend Dudley House is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a center for graduate students at Harvard.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith urged professors to encourage their eligible students to participate in the upcoming unionization vote, though he declined to share his opinion on unionization.