Live Updates: Harvard’s Class Days

The Harvard Corporation rejected an effort from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to confer degrees on 13 seniors who were suspended or placed on probation for their involvement in the pro-Palestine encampment of Harvard Yard amid the University’s Class Day celebrations.

Harvard, Securitas Settle with Security Guard in Retaliation Case

Harvard and Securitas settled a National Labor Relations Board case with former security guard Walter J. Terzano, who alleged that the University and Securitas retaliated against him for organizing a protest.

Harvard Claims it Doesn’t Employ its Contracted Security Guards. A New Case Could Change That.

Harvard has maintained for years that it is not the employer of contracted security guards who work on the University’s campus. But with a new case awaiting trial with the National Labor Relations Board, experts say the Board could hold Harvard liable as an employer for complaints of misconduct.

Harvard, Securitas Retaliated Against Guard, Regional National Labor Relations Board Claims

Harvard University and Securitas retaliated against Walter J. Terzano, a guard who has worked for Securitas since 2009, Boston’s regional labor relations board alleged in a previously unreported complaint issued earlier this month.


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.”

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