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Andrew Bergman, a member of the Executive Board of the Harvard Graduate Students Union, converses with two students on the Science Center Plaza.


Student Labor Action Committee Holds Teach-in To Mobilize Undergrads

Members from the dining services employees union UNITE HERE Local 26, Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers, and Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers spoke about their respective issues at the teach-in. All three unions are currently in contract negotiations with the University.


‘Our Success or Failure Is Tied Together’: Grad Student Union Activism Picks Up in Biden Era

Joe Biden’s ascension to the White House has precipitated a flurry of activity by graduate student unions at private universities across the country, some of whom had avoided certain organizing efforts during the Trump administration amid fears that their cases would be used to shut down graduate students’ right to unionize altogether.


Harvard Grad Union Supports Columbia Grad Student Strike Over Contract Disputes

Student workers at Harvard said they have taken to social media, donated to a strike fund, and picketed — both virtually and in-person — as the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Automobile Workers went on strike Monday.


Grad Union Files Grievance Over Exclusion of Population Health Sciences Students

Harvard’s graduate student union filed a grievance against the University and met with administrators earlier this month in response to Harvard’s decision to exclude 108 students in Population Health Sciences from the union’s bargaining unit.


HGSU Strike

During the HGSU-UAW Strike in December 2019, many strikers and activists held signs and recited chants regarding the use of the University’s 40 billion dollar endowment, as seen on the sign in the center.


Panelists Criticize Harvard’s Negotiations with Grad Student Union at IOP Event

Former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse and President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Sara Nelson criticized Harvard for its stance in ongoing negotiations with Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers at an IOP event Wednesday.


Harvard and Grad Union Reach New Bargaining Agreements One Month After Strike Ends

Harvard and its graduate student union reached three new tentative contract provisions — including agreements on holidays, employee assistance, and parking and transportation benefits — in their most recent mediated bargaining session last week.


Graduate Students Head Back to Work as HGSU Negotiations Continue

With the first week of classes underway, members of the Harvard Graduate Student Union-United Automobile Workers strike traded in their picket signs for syllabi and resumed their roles as teaching fellows.


As Harvard Graduate Students Return to Work, Experts Talk Future of Negotiations

As Harvard’s graduate student union returned to work Wednesday after nearly a month on strike, labor experts said the union may have ended their record-setting demonstrations due to economic pressure or the growing potential for a final contract agreement.


Harvard Graduate Student Union Returns to Work Following 27-Day Strike

HGSU-UAW rang in the new year by returning to work Tuesday night, ending nearly a month of marching on Harvard’s campus, calling administrators, and arguing at the bargaining table. At points, hundreds of students and supporters joined the picket line.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2019

Beginning with a dean's decision to represent Harvey Weinstein and ending with a graduate student strike, 2019 was an eventful year at Harvard. Students pushed for change via protests, whether they called for an ethnic studies program or for divestment. Outside news touched campus, too, as University affiliates examined Harvard's relationship to Jeffrey Epstein. Here, The Crimson reviews ten stories that defined the past twelve months on campus.


Ten Stories That Shaped the 2010s

The past decade at Harvard has been anything but boring. The University witnessed a bevy of challenges — cheating scandals and financial troubles, lawsuits and strikes. Here, The Crimson takes a look back at stories that defined Harvard over the past ten years.


U.S. Representatives Sign Letter Supporting Harvard Graduate Student Union Strike

Twenty-two Harvard alumni who currently serve in the United States House of Representatives sent a letter to University President Lawrence S. Bacow last week declaring their support for the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers strike.


New Labor Ruling Could Prevent Graduate Students From Using Harvard-Provided Email to Organize

A recent National Labor Relations Board ruling may prevent members of Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers from using their Harvard-provided email addresses to organize strike efforts, according to experts.


Amid Strike, Harvard Asks for Federal Mediation in Grad Union Negotiations

Harvard is proposing engaging federal mediators to assist in bargaining with its graduate student union, which has been on strike for more than two weeks over a deadlock in the negotiations, Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 announced in an email to University affiliates Thursday.


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