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.
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.
With their current contract expiring Wednesday, Harvard offered its graduate student union a two-month contract extension on Monday. The union will vote on whether to accept the extension next week.
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.
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.
Harvard has agreed to pay its graduate student union $60,000 as a settlement for dues it failed to deduct from union members’ paychecks from July to September 2020.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Between the uncertainty of health and safety concerns, workplace closures, and contract negotiations, the pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for Harvard’s workers.
With the negotiations over a second contract between Harvard and its graduate student union looming, University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 said in an interview Friday that he is “very optimistic” going into bargaining.
Harvard’s graduate student union met with University administrators last Tuesday to discuss concerns over health and safety, including access to mental health and specialist care, Covid-19 contact tracing, and protections for student workers working remotely.
Harvard denied a grievance filed by its graduate student union regarding the exclusion of 108 Population Health Sciences students from the union's bargaining unit.
With President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. taking office Wednesday, HGSU-UAW President Brandon J. Mancilla said he expects the “whole climate” for student unions to change.
The past twelve months were a year like no other for Harvard and the world. Under the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, students took classes from all over the globe, while pushing for social change at the University and on the political stage. Here, The Crimson reviews ten stories that defined 2020 at Harvard.
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.
Facing pressure from activists, Harvard extended guaranteed pay and benefits for directly-employed and contracted workers who were not able to work due to the pandemic through January 2021.
At least five departments in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will not admit students for next year as a result of belt-tightening measures due to the coronavirus pandemic and an increased focus on advising and diversity.
Organizers for Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers are circulating a petition that calls on Vice Provost for International Affairs Mark C. Elliott and the Harvard International Office to act in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed visa policy change for international students.
As it begins its first semester as a fully operational locale, Harvard’s graduate student union is alleging that the University is attempting to defund the union and impede its organizing by not deducting union dues for student workers, according to union president Brandon J. Mancilla.
Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers underwent a series of restructuring processes after winning their first contract earlier this summer, officially establishing themselves as HGSU-UAW Local 5118.