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Grad Union Reaches Contract With Harvard

The bargaining committee for Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers reached a tentative one-year contract with the University Monday, which they will now unanimously recommend to union members for ratification.


Grad Union Offers ‘Comprehensive Compromise Proposal’ Including Compensation Provisions

Harvard’s graduate student union offered a “comprehensive compromise proposal” to the University in a virtual bargaining session Thursday afternoon, bargaining committee member Lee Kennedy-Shaffer wrote in an email update to members Saturday.


Congress Members Call on Harvard and Grad Union to ‘Resolve Their Differences’ and Settle a Contract

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Andrew S. Levin (D-Mich.) called on Harvard and its graduate student union to set apart their differences and settle the union’s first labor contract in a virtual conversation posted to Twitter in late April.


Harvard Proposes One-Year Contract With Grad Union At Remote Bargaining Session

During a virtual bargaining session with its graduate student union Friday, Harvard proposed creating a one-year contract that addresses compensation and health care provisions, according to email updates from both parties.


Grad Union Expresses Concerns with Workload, Health Care, and Research During Pandemic

Student workers said they were concerned about workload protections, health care security, and research opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic, given the absence of a contract between Harvard and its graduate student union.


Harvard Grad Union Reaches Tentative Workload Agreement With University, Calls for Fully-Funded 'Bridge Year'

Harvard and its graduate student union signed a tentative agreement setting a maximum limit on student workers’ weekly hours after a virtual back-and-forth last week. The union is also asking for a fully-funded “bridge year” for all Ph.D. students to continue research projects interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.


Grad Union Alleges Harvard Asked to Suspend Bargaining Due to COVID-19 Challenges; Univ. Denies Claim

Harvard’s graduate student union is alleging that administrators have asked to suspend ongoing contract negotiations while the University reevaluates its financial situation due to the novel coronavirus pandemic — a claim that Harvard denies.


Harvard Unions Respond to School Closures Due to Coronavirus

Three of Harvard's labor unions are forming contingency plans and cancelling events after Harvard announced Tuesday that it would send undergraduates home for the remainder of the semester and hold classes online due to the coronavirus outbreak.


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.


Grad Student Union Alleges University Engaged in ‘Regressive Bargaining,’ Hid Behind Trump Administration

After a Friday bargaining session, Harvard’s graduate student union accused the University of “hiding behind the Trump administration” to undermine contract negotiations in an email to members Monday.


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.


Bargaining Update

Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers reached tentative new agreements with the University, regarding holidays, vacations and personal days, an employee assistance program, and parking/biking and transit benefits.


Sanders’s New Senate Bill Could Protect Graduate Student Workers’ Employee Rights from Proposed NLRB Ruling, Experts Say

Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) has introduced a new bill which — if passed — could protect graduate student workers’ employee rights from a proposed National Labor Relations Board rule that would classify graduate student workers as non-employees, experts say.


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.


Without a Contract, Harvard Graduate Student Union to End Strike Jan. 1

Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers will end their strike and return to work on Jan. 1, union leaders announced in an email to members Monday afternoon.


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.


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