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Unionization Vote
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Student Union Organizers, Harvard Object To Unionization Vote

Harvard student union organizers filed an objection Thursday to a November election that could determine whether or not eligible students can form a union, arguing that the University may have prevented eligible voters from participating.

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GSAS

Harvard Student Unionization Vote Remains Too Close To Call

The National Labor Relations Board will hold hearings to determine the fate of Harvard’s student unionization effort after a vote count Thursday morning showed that the election remains too close to call.

GSAS

Columbia Files Objections to 'Conduct' of Student Unionization Election

​Columbia University has objected to the “conduct” of a vote permitting eligible students at the school to form a union and called for a new union election, arguing to the National Labor Relations Board that alleged voting day violations could have skewed the results of the election.

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Labor

Historic Unionization Vote Count to Begin Dec. 22

National Labor Relations Board officials will begin counting ballots on Dec. 22 in an election that will decide whether Harvard teaching and research assistants will form a union—though the ultimate result of the vote could be delayed further.

GSAS

Columbia Students First to Unionize Following NLRB Ruling

An overwhelming majority of Columbia’s graduate and undergraduate teaching and research assistants voted in favor of forming a union.

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Student Life

Challenge Ballots Delay Student Unionization Vote

Harvard officials and graduate student organizers will meet again on Dec. 19 at the National Labor Relations Board’s Boston office to continue sifting through challenge ballots from November’s vote.

GSAS

Student Unionization Vote Count Will Extend Into December

Ballot boxes containing student votes have remained sealed for nearly two weeks, which is standard protocol until all questions about challenged ballots are resolved.

GSAS

Unionization Vote Count Stalled by Large Number of Challenges

Around 1,000 challenged ballots have delayed a tally to determine whether or not eligible Harvard students voted to unionize.

FAS

Vote Count on Student Unionization Pushed to Tuesday

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.

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Central Administration

Supporters and Opponents of Unionization Ramp Up Efforts as Vote Approaches

Students for and against graduate student unionization have escalated their organizing activity in preparation of the official vote on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Labor

With Tentative Agreement for Custodians, Harvard Narrowly Averts Campus Strike

Harvard and its custodial workers reached a tentative agreement around 1 a.m. Wednesday after a marathon bargaining session.

FAS

Deans Email Students Before Historic Union Vote

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Xiao-Li Meng wrote separate emails about the unionization vote to graduate students on Tuesday.

FAS

Students Opposing Unionization Escalate Activity As Vote Nears

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.

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Labor

Harvard's Janitors Vote to Authorize Strike

The University's janitors voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of authorizing a strike should they fail to reach an agreement by next Tuesday, less than a month Harvard’s dining workers ended their own weeks-long picketing.