Harvard's Unions

The Printers Ask for More Money

The printers are not as well off, receiving only $70 to $80 a week from the GAIU while the strike goes on.

However, some of the printers' wives are now working, and many of the printers have taken part-time jobs for the duration of the strike. The printers are receiving some money from their local unions to help make ends meet.

The two GAIU locals involved in this strike, local 300 and local 16b, are well-organized groups headed by energetic, strong-willed men. Golden has coordinated the strike for local 300, which includes the lithographers and typesetters, while George Carlson, president of local 16b, has represented the book-binders.

The 36 members of the two locals, with the help of student supporters, have managed to maintain solid picket lines around the University for the past two months.

Student support for the strike, though not overwhelming in numbers, has been well-organized. Before exams began, about 70 students were joining the printers' pickets regularly. In addition, the student members of the Committee on Housing and Undergraduate Life unanimously endorsed a statement supporting the strike at their May 1 meeting. About 1500 students have signed a petition backing the strike, also.


The workers have welcomed student support throughout the strike. But this coalition is a diverse one and its members have often disagreed on the question of tactics.

Both the workers and student supporting group contain moderate and militant factions. Up to this point, the moderates have dominated the strike coalition, generally succeeding in restricting the tactics used to conventional ones, such as picketing, leafletting and discussion.

The militants have proposed obstructive picket lines and the disruption of Commencement ceremonies and other University events. However, the militants seem to have gained influence within the coalition since its representatives met with President Bok on May 17. After that meeting, Luther M. Ragin Jr. '76, commented: "The more moderate members of the coalition like myself have seen that the tactics of discussion, leafletting, and picketing we have advocated don't work with the University."

James G. Pope '73-4, another moderate, said two weeks ago that the coalition planned to carry out "a series of escalating actions" in the days leading up to and including Commencement.

He said the students planned to engage in picketing and leafletting at class reunion activities and at Commencement.

But, he said, as of last Tuesday, the coalition had not yet decided whether it would engage in other, more militant activities. He said the coalition was engaged at that time in a survey of the senior class to see how much support there was for the strike.

The support indicated by this survey, combined with the success the militants have in putting their point of view across within the coalition, will determine the likelihood of disruptive activities by the coalition today.

But the very prospect of a demonstration today--indicating that the workers and Harvard are still at odds--makes it appear that this will be a long strike.