The NLRB’s final count would pave the way for the University to hold a second election after more than a year of deadlock.
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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.
The resolution asks Harvard to drop an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board that argues that there should not be another election to determine whether or not graduate students may unionize.
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.
The Undergraduate Council passed legislation urging University President Drew G. Faust to drop Harvard’s appeal to the federal National Labor Relations Board that argues the 2016 unionization election, in which students voted against unionization, is valid.
Yale and the University of Chicago each filed motions this year urging the NLRB to overrule a August 2016 decision that graduate students at Columbia may unionize.
A petition urging Harvard to drop its appeal to the federal National Labor Relations Board is accumulating support and now has more than 100 supporters.