The committee wrote in an email that their first two bargaining sessions have been marked by forceful pushback from Harvard administrators.
Harvard and Its Grad Union Are Poised to Negotiate. But First They Have to Pin Down Eligible Students
Harvard is required to provide the union with updated lists of eligible students throughout the semester — a task University administrators say can be challenging.
Harvard and its new graduate student union will face each other across the bargaining table for the first time Monday, University Provost Alan M. Garber ’77 announced Friday afternoon.
After their old contract expired — and with no new agreement immediately in sight — leaders of Harvard’s largest union hosted events across campus this week to garner support for continued negotiations with the University.
After months of “intense” negotiations with Harvard, leaders of Harvard’s largest labor union say it is unlikely that they will reach an agreement before members’ current contract expires. The contract is set to expire Sept. 30.
Harvard’s brand-new graduate student union inched towards the bargaining table earlier this semester when it published a list of goals for its inaugural round of negotiations with administrators. There are 80 goals in total.
After Harvard teaching and research assistants voted to unionize last semester, labor experts predicted other schools would follow in Harvard's footsteps. That forecast has proved partially correct at best.
Harvard and its brand-new union have yet to hammer out initial bargaining terms. But both University and union representatives say their upcoming negotiations will likely take place behind closed doors.
Representatives of Harvard’s new graduate student union say they are committed to prioritizing issues of diversity and inclusion at the bargaining table.
If HGSU-UAW does begin pushing for a contract with Harvard this semester, it will cap off an eventful — and historic — year for both the University and the brand-new union.
Harvard’s brand-new graduate student union is wading into state politics to advocate for a sexual assault prevention law currently under consideration by the Massachusetts state legislature.