Harvard security workers, represented by the union 32BJ SEIU, voted to approve a new contract offer from Securitas.

‘Still Here, Still Essential, and Still Fighting’: Harvard Security Guards Rally for New Contract

Dozens of Harvard security guards stood posted at the Science and Engineering Complex and Widener Gate for hours last week, but they weren’t on duty. Rather, they were there to engage and educate undergraduates in their push for a new contract before Commencement in May.


Harvard security guards, who are employed by international security firm Securitas, are at odds with their union leadership over contract negotiations.

Union Representing Harvard Security Guards Marred by Internal Tensions as Contract Negotiations Falter

Tensions within 32BJ — which represents around 300 Harvard security workers and 700 custodians — have come to a head in recent months, with the union’s bargaining committee openly denouncing its leadership.

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.

Harvard Securitas Guards Allege Inadequate Union Representation

Several current and former security guards at Harvard allege that their union, 32BJ Service Employees International Union, has not adequately represented them in employer disputes, citing poor communication and confidentiality breaches.

Some Longwood Securitas Officers Face Non-Disciplinary Transfers, Lose Shifts

When Arlene Yarde, a full-time Securitas guard at Harvard Medical School, was called into her supervisor’s office two years ago to discuss a tweet she had posted, she could not anticipate the upheaval that would follow their conversation.

Securitas Fires Guard Who Alleged Retaliation

The letter of termination claims that Bartuah’s behavior violated several company policies including leaving his post without “proper relief,” falsifying company records, and engaging in “carelessness or negligence in the performance of an assigned duty,” as well as other violations.

Harvard Security Guard Alleges Retaliation, Files Complaint

School of Public Health security guard Joseph G. Bartuah filed a complaint with the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s Office earlier this month, alleging his supervisors at Securitas, which provides security services for the University, retaliated against him after he raised workplace concerns to them.

On the Lookout: Securitas

Oliverio says he can easily tell when a student has had a rough week. Spotting differences in moods and mannerisms is how he’s able to keep a lookout for the welfare of his “kids—I call them kids,” he says. “Sometimes they get offended when I call them that.”

HUPD at Quad Formal

Security officers watch over the Quad Formal Friday. Though HUPD is present around campus all hours of the day, extra security is required for formals and similar events, adding an additional cost to event budgets.

Don't Break My Heart, Securitas

​As my recent trip to Manhattan confirmed, Harvard is not as creative as I previously thought.


A sticker for the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers reads “Solidarity-Negotiation-Progress” near the bag-checking station at Lamont Library on Nov. 10. 2015.

Freshman Formal Costs, Security Altered for On-Campus Venue

This year’s freshman formal, which will take place Wednesday on the Science Center Plaza, will feature an “incidents tent” near the main event for students seeking medical treatment, according to formal co-chair Gretty Garcia ’18.

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