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Strike Vote Count

Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers’ Elections Committee members counted paper ballots for the union’s strike authorization vote Thursday night.


Roughly 92% of Voters Authorize Grad Student Union Strike

Harvard’s graduate student union voted overwhelmingly to authorize what would be its second strike in two years, union officials announced late Thursday.


Five Unions, Five Contracts: Unions Rally for Contracts and Benefits

More than 120 members and supporters of five Harvard unions at various stages of contract negotiations with the University jointly rallied for contracts and benefits in front of the John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard Tuesday, chanting, “What do we want? Contracts! When do we want them? Now!”


Two Years, Two Votes: Harvard Student Workers Go to Polls in Strike Authorization Vote

For the second time in two years, members of Harvard’s graduate student union went to the polls Monday — both online and in-person — to decide whether to authorize their Bargaining Committee to call for a strike.


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.


Grad Student Union Rallies For Third-Party Arbitration in Discrimination and Harassment Complaints

Around 150 Harvard graduate students and their supporters rallied in Science Center plaza Friday, calling on Harvard to allow independent arbitration for discrimination and sexual harassment complaints in their second union contract.


‘A Far More Substantial Offer’: Harvard Proposes New Third-Party Arbitration Appeals Process to Grad Student Union

For the first time, Harvard would allow student workers to pursue complaints of discrimination and “abusive or intimidating behavior” through an appeals process that could end in third-party arbitration under its latest contract proposal to its graduate student union Tuesday.


Harvard Grad Student Union Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against University Over Information Requests

Harvard’s graduate student union filed an unfair labor practice charge against the University with the National Labor Relations Board Monday, alleging Harvard is not bargaining in good faith with the union by withholding necessary information about its unit and relevant University policies.


Harvard Grad Student Union Votes To Extend Current Contract As Negotiations Continue

Members of Harvard’s graduate student union voted 61.5 percent in favor of a two-month contract extension last week, accepting the University’s offer to extend the contract to Aug. 31 as the two sides remain deep in negotiations.


500 Harvard Graduate Students Commit to Organizing Strike As Negotiations Drag On

Harvard’s graduate student union delivered a letter to University administrators Thursday morning signed by more than 500 graduate students pledging to organize a strike if contract negotiations between Harvard and the union are not resolved by June 30.


Eight Bargaining Sessions In, How Do Harvard Grad Students Union’s Proposals Stack Up to Other Unions’ Contracts?

Less than a year ago, Harvard’s graduate student union ratified its first contract with the University, ending 19 months of negotiations. Now, the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers is back at the bargaining table negotiating for its second contract.


Grad Students Report Frustration with University In Union Bargaining Sessions

After attending bargaining sessions with Harvard for the graduate student union’s second contract, rank-and-file union members said the University’s bargaining team was resistant to the union’s proposed changes, especially on the topics of compensation and procedures for handling complaints of identity-based discrimination and sexual harassment.


‘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 Files Grievance Over Pay for Student Workers Living Abroad

Harvard Graduate Student Union-United Automobile Workers filed a Step One grievance against the University over the “unacceptable” complications and delays in pay for graduate student workers living abroad due to the pandemic.


Harvard Workers Living Abroad Face Pay Delays Due to Third-Party Payroll System

Some Harvard faculty, student workers, and staff living abroad have faced significant issues with a third-party payroll system the University shifted them to in January, with a number of affected graduate students missing their paychecks for months.


Where Do Harvard’s Employees Work? We Mapped 11,700 of Them.

Harvard’s 13,000-member workforce is represented by 10 unions, spread across hundreds of miles, and supports thousands of students. We’ve mapped it and what pay protections workers are receiving this spring.


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.


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