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Cambridge City Councillor Nadeem A. Mazen is spearheading an effort to raise Cambridge’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, though it remains unclear whether such a policy shift would affect Harvard.
After a divided discussion on Wednesday, the Graduate Student Council ultimately voted to stand in support of members of a graduate student unionization movement.
Harvard’s library system has reduced spending by $25 million in aggregate since 2009, largely due to a two-year restructuring effort completed in August 2012, according to an update distributed to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences prior to its meeting on Tuesday.
Attendees of the “We Matter! Jobs & Housing Rally” fill Massachusetts Ave. in front of Cambridge City Hall Sunday. The rally, organized by Black Lives Matter Cambridge, called on candidates for Cambridge City Council to address a perceived lack of affordable housing and wage security.
Protesters said the changes would raise out-of-pocket costs for employees, an allegation that Harvard Club of Boston spokesperson Diana C. Pisciotta denied Thursday.
Federal grant cuts, private foundations and other non-federal sources have stepped up their contributions to minimize the damage to University operations.
Harvard’s largest union continues contract negotiations over healthcare three weeks after its previous contract expired, looking to appeal to the public through a poster campaign.
Using pledge cards to gather supporters, the movement organizers are bringing in hundreds of GSAS students each week, according to John M. Nicoludis, a Chemistry graduate student.
The student unionization effort, which follows similar movements at peer schools and went public last spring, is gaining steam, recruiting and soliciting signatures from potential members.
Some graduate students voiced concerns about a lack of information surrounding the unionization effort on Wednesday at an unusually crowded Graduate Student Council meeting.
The website, harvardgradunion.org, appears to be part of a greater attempt to recruit new members to the effort.
Contract negotiations between Harvard and its largest union are set to run past the Sept. 30 deadline.
The union of Harvard graduate students must expand its membership to include a simple majority of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students as part of the legal requirements to form a union.
Leaders of a group of Harvard graduate students seeking to unionize made a pitch for new members at the fall's first Graduate Student Council meeting.