HUDS Strike


‘A Thing I’ll Never Forget’: The HUDS Strike, Two Years Later

Almost exactly two years ago, hundreds of dining workers traded in their punch cards for picket signs, walked out of the dining halls and cafes on Harvard’s campus, and launched an historic 22-day strike.


The Graduating Class of 2017, By the Numbers

This week, the Harvard College Class of 2017 will enter a world still divided over November’s presidential election and, overwhelmingly, begin their post-graduate lives deeply pessimistic about the direction the country is headed.


22 Days: The Strike That Shook Campus

For both sides of the bargaining table, the historic dining workers' strike was exhausting. But even now that a new contract has been reached, the strike may continue to have lasting ramifications on other negotiations.


Janitors and Security Guards Rally with Negotiations Underway

Harvard’s janitorial staff and security guards rallied Monday afternoon to draw attention to their contract negotiations with the University, marching a week after Harvard's dining services workers ended a historic strike.


HUDS Workers Return to Dining Halls

"Welcome back! So in awe of your courage and determination," wrote one student on a welcome banner in Kirkland dining hall. Students celebrated HUDS workers returning to the dining halls after the 22-day long strike which ended Wednesday.


Dining Workers Receive Warm Welcome After Strike

Harvard’s dining services workers returned to dining halls Thursday morning—less than 24 hours after ending their historic strike—where they were warmly welcomed back.


HUDS Contract Pays $35,000 per Year, Covers Copays

After months of tense contract negotiations, Harvard will pay its full-time dining services employees at least $35,000 a year and cover increased copayments until 2021—a settlement that union leaders say satisfy their demands.


HUDS Contract Announcement

HUDS employees and union members celebrate at the contract announcement rally on the steps of First Parish Church Wednesday afternoon.


A Three Week-Long Strike

Negotiators from Harvard and the union representing its dining workers reached a tentative agreement at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, ending the nearly three week-long strike. Here's a look back at the month of picketing and bargaining.


Campus Quiet After HUDS Agreement Reached

HUDS employees must ratify the contract before they can officially return to work in dining halls and cafes across campus. In the meantime, students said the atmosphere on campus felt subdued.


More than 100 Harvard Faculty Signed Petition to Support Strike

Over the past several weeks, Harvard faculty have shown their support for striking dining hall workers, bringing their classes to the picket lines and signing a petition calling on Harvard to reach an agreement with its employees.


Harvard and Dining Workers Reach 'Tentative Agreement'

Harvard and its dining workers reached a “tentative agreement” around 1:05 a.m. Tuesday morning—the closest the two parties have come to a contract settlement during months of tense negotiations.


Students, Supporters Show Out in Force Monday For Dining Workers

Monday marked a showing of force in support for Harvard’s dining services workers as more than a hundred students and supporters flooded the lobby where negotiations between the University and HUDS’s union took place.


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