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Members of student activist groups Divest Harvard and the Student Labor Action Movement distributed flyers for their causes at a University-organized event outside the Science Center on Thursday. The activist groups requested that students sign a thank-you card for Harvard staff and Harvard University Dining Services workers, who they argued were disproportionately affected by recent snowstorms.
University President Drew G. Faust said the event was meant to mark the end of a snowy winter and give thanks to “everyone who kept Harvard running smoothly” during the snowstorms that forced many Harvard schools to cancel classes.
A ruling in favor of unionization rights for graduate students at Columbia might prompt interest in a similar movement at Harvard.
Lesley professor Jason Pramas said a key issue among core faculty was the lack of control over curriculum and academic programs, an issue he does not see at Harvard.
The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers held its first of more than 60 planned strategy meetings in preparation for contract negotiations scheduled for late March.
The closed event, hosted at the Center for Workplace Development on Mount Auburn Street, featured a question-and-answer session with UBC affiliates.
HUCTW leaders said they will push for greater opportunities for their members to work from home in upcoming labor negotiations.
At left, Angela M. Leocata watches protesters speak at a rally in the Science Center Plaza on Thursday evening. Housekeepers at the Boston-Cambridge Double Tree Suites by Hilton Hotel went on strike on Thursday and staged a rally to protest working conditions at the hotel and pressure Hilton to agree to their preferred means of unionization.
The strike marks the culmination of over a year of campaigning organized by a Massachusetts-based union that represents Harvard’s dining hall employees and the Student Labor Action Movement.
Around 150 members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers and Harvard faculty gathered Monday to discuss strategies for improving employee health while keeping health care affordable.
Director of HUHS Paul Barreira said that the motivation for the changes came from a UHS analysis he helped conduct for a couple of years, in which he found that overnight urgent-hour services are underutilized.
Students, workers, and local politicians convened for a roundtable discussion Tuesday evening to discuss workplace hazards at the Boston-Cambridge DoubleTree Suites, which is located in a Harvard-owned building.