A group of undergraduate and graduate students advocating an end to human trafficking and forced labor is teaming up with the Kennedy School to support a research analyst position that will study Harvard’s supply chain labor practices.
A debate between Harvard and its dining workers over a new contract deepened when four Harvard Medical School students penned an analysis denouncing the health benefits package the University proposed to HUDS workers in June.
Members of the undergraduate group Student Labor Action Movement and several Harvard University Dining Services employees made speeches and held informational sessions in three College dining halls.
Last week, Harvard’s dining hall workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike after more than three months of stagnant contract talks. But this is not the first time UNITE HERE Local 26, the union that represents HUDS employees, has brandished the threat of a strike in the face of static negotiations.
15 student groups from Harvard Law School issued a statement on their website reproaching Harvard’s bargaining record with its dining service workers, characterizing the ongoing stalemate in HUDS’ most recent round of contract talks as a class and racial justice “struggle.”
Harvard’s dining services workers were leaning toward an “overwhelming yes vote” Thursday night in a decision on whether to authorize a strike. The results of the vote will be announced Friday morning.
Organizers of the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers answered questions about a potential contract, saying it would not follow a “one-size-fits-all” model, and communicated the goals of the union effort to roughly 20 graduate students at an information session held Wednesday.
Sanjay Kishore, a student at the Medical School and a member of the school's Racial Justice Coalition, helps carry one of the posters displaying HUDS employees who are prepared to strike. "We came to medical school because we wanted to serve, but we can't do that if people don't have access to us," Kishore said during a panel prior to the march.