The National Labor Relations Board will count the remaining 195 contested ballots from Harvard’s Nov. 2016 student unionization election in early January, possibly paving the way for a new election.
“We’ve been celebrating with Harvard here,” said Olga Brudastova, a Columbia graduate student and union organizer.
Harvard may have to hold a new election to determine whether eligible students can form a union after the National Labor Relations Board ruled against the University’s appeal Tuesday.
One of the unionization effort’s attorneys criticized the voting list Harvard created before the still-contested 2016 election.
More than two dozen graduate students gathered in the Yard to protest a Republican tax proposal that could slash their earnings and cut into the University’s endowment.
Supporters of Harvard’s student unionization effort held a rally in the Yard, urging the University to drop its appeal to the federal National Labor Relations Board.
As organizing at Northeastern has progressed, the union's success at Harvard has served as an inspiration.
Harvard’s student unionization effort could come to an end at the hands of Republican appointees to the National Labor Relations Board, one of a number of ways experts say the years-long movement could stall.
The ruling is the latest development in the drawn-out legal saga between the University and the union organizers since the initial election in November 2016.
Harvard filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday, contesting a ruling that recommended the University should hold a re-vote.
Dozens of Harvard affiliates rallied on the steps of Widener Library Monday advocating for workers’ and immigrants’ rights.