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Nearly 100 people attended the kick-off rally, including current Harvard University Dining Services employees, other members of the UNITE HERE Local 26 union, and Harvard students.
Two “pre-negotiation” sessions occurred last week and each drew around 50 total participants, focusing on health care.
Law experts say that Harvard graduate students' success at unionization may depend on whether the National Labor Relations Board reconsiders a 2004 decision.
Environmental activist and former Crimson President Bill E. McKibben ’82 speaks in Harvard Square during a “Fight for 15” labor rally on Tuesday afternoon to demand a raise in the minimum wage. Since Sunday, McKibben has joined the student activist group Divest Harvard in protests on campus for a different cause, divestment from the fossil fuel industry.
Workers at the Soldiers Field Road DoubleTree Hotel, a Hilton Hotels enterprise housed in a building owned by Harvard, have organized with the UNITE HERE! Local 26 union, according to workers and union representatives.
Newly elected members of the Graduate Student Council declared Wednesday night their support for an effort by graduate students to unionize.
Graduate students involved in the unionization effort said the movement is still in its early stages but counts members from all three divisions of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Students and union workers protest the layoff of three former Harvard employees in 2013 amongst other issues outside Massachusetts Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
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.