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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.


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.


Grad Union Files Grievance Over Exclusion of Population Health Sciences Students

Harvard’s graduate student union filed a grievance against the University and met with administrators earlier this month in response to Harvard’s decision to exclude 108 students in Population Health Sciences from the union’s bargaining unit.


Custodians Call on Harvard to Guarantee Job Protections and Paid Leave for Contracted Workers

Members of Harvard’s custodial staff called on the University to guarantee it would not lay off workers in the spring in two rallies held last week, as institutions of higher education across the U.S. reckon with the economic crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Grad Student Union Alleges Harvard Attempting to ‘Defund’ the Union by ‘Starving Out’ Resources

As it begins its first semester as a fully operational locale, Harvard’s graduate student union is alleging that the University is attempting to defund the union and impede its organizing by not deducting union dues for student workers, according to union president Brandon J. Mancilla.


Grad Union Reaches Contract With Harvard

The bargaining committee for Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers reached a tentative one-year contract with the University Monday, which they will now unanimously recommend to union members for ratification.


Grad Union Offers ‘Comprehensive Compromise Proposal’ Including Compensation Provisions

Harvard’s graduate student union offered a “comprehensive compromise proposal” to the University in a virtual bargaining session Thursday afternoon, bargaining committee member Lee Kennedy-Shaffer wrote in an email update to members Saturday.


Grad Union Expresses Concerns with Workload, Health Care, and Research During Pandemic

Student workers said they were concerned about workload protections, health care security, and research opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic, given the absence of a contract between Harvard and its graduate student union.


GSAS to Compensate Graduate Student Employees for Spring 2020, With Lingering Summer Funding Question

Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences announced last week that graduate student employees will receive compensation for the spring 2020 semester even if the University’s new policies to combat the spread of COVID-19 leave them unable to continue working.


Panelists Criticize Harvard’s Negotiations with Grad Student Union at IOP Event

Former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse and President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Sara Nelson criticized Harvard for its stance in ongoing negotiations with Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers at an IOP event Wednesday.


Grad Student Union Alleges University Engaged in ‘Regressive Bargaining,’ Hid Behind Trump Administration

After a Friday bargaining session, Harvard’s graduate student union accused the University of “hiding behind the Trump administration” to undermine contract negotiations in an email to members Monday.


Graduate Student Council Discusses Career Development, Union Negotiations At First Meeting of Semester

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’s Graduate Student Council discussed advocacy projects, career development, and the aftermath of the graduate student union strike at its first open meeting of the semester Wednesday evening.


Sanders’s New Senate Bill Could Protect Graduate Student Workers’ Employee Rights from Proposed NLRB Ruling, Experts Say

Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) has introduced a new bill which — if passed — could protect graduate student workers’ employee rights from a proposed National Labor Relations Board rule that would classify graduate student workers as non-employees, experts say.


Harvard Graduate Student Union Returns to Work Following 27-Day Strike

HGSU-UAW rang in the new year by returning to work Tuesday night, ending nearly a month of marching on Harvard’s campus, calling administrators, and arguing at the bargaining table. At points, hundreds of students and supporters joined the picket line.


Ten Stories That Shaped the 2010s

The past decade at Harvard has been anything but boring. The University witnessed a bevy of challenges — cheating scandals and financial troubles, lawsuits and strikes. Here, The Crimson takes a look back at stories that defined Harvard over the past ten years.


New Labor Ruling Could Prevent Graduate Students From Using Harvard-Provided Email to Organize

A recent National Labor Relations Board ruling may prevent members of Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers from using their Harvard-provided email addresses to organize strike efforts, according to experts.


Experts Say Harvard Internal Email About Grad Union Strike May Violate Labor Law

Harvard may have illegally asked some hiring managers to confirm with prospective teaching staff whether they plan to begin teaching on time next semester, potentially making their employment contingent on a promise not to remain on strike even if a contract is not reached by then, according to experts.


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