Negotiators from Harvard and the union representing its dining workers reached a tentative agreement at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, ending the nearly three week-long strike. Here's a look back at the month of picketing and bargaining.
Over the past several weeks, Harvard faculty have shown their support for striking dining hall workers, bringing their classes to the picket lines and signing a petition calling on Harvard to reach an agreement with its employees.
The School of Design, which operates on a leaner budget than many of Harvard schools, has long been one of Harvard’s smallest schools. Over the past 10 years, the Graduate School of Design’s enrollment has increased by 288 students.
Harvard and its janitorial union, which represents hundreds of employees across the University, began bargaining just after Harvard’s dining workers launched their historic strike.
While Corporation members maintained during the meeting that Harvard will not divest from the fossil fuel industry, they did say the University is currently not investing in the coal industry.
Harvard’s striking dining hall workers will not compromise on their “core demands,” their union's lead negotiator said.
With the historic Harvard University Dining Services strike stretching into its seventh day, HUDS employees say they remain committed to their cause despite increasing personal financial pressures.
Administrators are ratcheting up efforts to minimize campus disruption and calling for volunteers from the exempt employees within several of its schools to help out HUDS.
Incoming Harvard Management Company CEO N.P. Narvekar oversaw negative 0.9 percent returns on Columbia University’s investments during his last fiscal year on the job.