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.
Students for and against graduate student unionization have escalated their organizing activity in preparation of the official vote on Wednesday and Thursday.
Harvard and its custodial workers reached a tentative agreement around 1 a.m. Wednesday after a marathon bargaining session.
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.
As the historic vote on unionization nears and with other universities watching, both Harvard graduate and undergraduate organizers campaign ever more aggressively.
For the first time, graduate student union organizers and University administrators sat side-by-side in a question and answer-style information session on Wednesday to discuss student concerns regarding the upcoming union election.
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.
Harvard’s janitorial staff and security guards rallied Monday afternoon to draw attention to their contract negotiations with the University, marching a week after Harvard's dining services workers ended a historic strike.