Labor


HUCTW Alleges University Violating Contract by Denying Access to Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure

The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers alleged the University violated its contract by denying union members access to the sexual harassment complaint resolution process outlined in their agreement, according to a statement on Tuesday.


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.


HMS Genetics Anti-Racism Group Launches Team to Bolster Spanish-Speaking Custodial Staff’s Access to Vaccine Information

In its second semester of organizing, a group of Genetics postdoctoral and graduate student activists launched an offshoot team tasked with increasing support for custodial staff members and providing them with Covid-19 vaccine information in Spanish.


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.


HMS Genetics Anti-Racism Group Works to Inform Staff About Covid, Include Them in School Culture

Genetics postdoctoral and graduate student advocates expanded a series of initiatives first launched last fall to help Harvard Medical School custodial staff gain access to key Covid-19 information as part of a larger plan to foster greater inclusion within the school’s culture.


Grad Union Meets with Harvard to Discuss Covid-19 Health and Safety Concerns

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.


Security, Parking, and Museum Guards Union Ratifies New Contract, Continues Conversation Around Union Merger

The Harvard University Security, Parking, and Museum Guards Union ratified a new contract with the University Friday, maintaining healthcare benefits, securing bonuses, and codifying avenues to collaborate with the much larger clerical and technical workers union.


HUDS Workers, Laid Off Last Month, Offered New Roles

Harvard University Dining Services workers who were laid off after HUDS closed facilities last month received the option to shift into new roles beginning Jan. 27, on seniority in an internal reshuffling process known as “bumping.”


Harvard Medical School, Law School To Maintain Jobs and Pay for Contracted Dining Workers

Contracted dining workers at two Harvard schools received welcome news this week as Harvard Medical School announced it would not pursue 16 layoffs as planned, and Harvard Law School announced it would continue paying contracted dining employees and eventually bring them in-house.


Harvard and the Biden Administration

As Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, a team of Crimson reporters explored how the Biden administration will affect international students, admissions, labor, and everything in between at Harvard. Here's a look at how the Biden administration will reshape the University — and what role Harvard will play in shaping it.


City Councilors Call on Harvard to Extend Paid Leave Policy to Contracted Workers

Boston City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu ’07 and a group of Cambridge city councilors urged Harvard to extend its paid leave policy to contracted workers in letters addressed to University President Lawrence S. Bacow on Dec. 11 and Jan. 9, respectively.


Harvard Security Guards Ratify One-Year Contract With Securitas

Harvard security guards ratified a temporary, year-long contract with third-party contractor Securitas on Dec. 30, 2020, maintaining healthcare benefits and securing a one-time bonus during the pandemic.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2020

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.


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