In the midst of a global pandemic, Harvard will be negotiating contracts with five of its unions this year. Given those unprecedented circumstances, union members believe contract provisions regarding health and safety, job security, and compensation will take priority, and bargaining may take place remotely. Despite the constraints and hardships COVID-19 poses on a temporary basis, its alterations to contract negotiations will likely have a lasting impact.
After Harvard mandated students return home for the remainder of the spring semester to prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus, the Class of 2020 lost innumerable traditions, farewells, and last memories of places and people they might never see again. In the weeks leading up to their online graduation, seniors have been forced to reimagine the canonical senior spring experience, trading spring break trips for service projects, final sports seasons for at-home gyms, and stage performances for virtual fans. The Crimson asked several of them to share videos of how they have spent the last few months. Here’s what they sent.
Harvard’s graduate student union went on strike last week on the final day of fall classes. One week later, pickets continue across campus with no end in sight yet. The union announced their decision to strike last month, days after members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. The union and the University have met for 28 bargaining sessions since October 2018 and tentatively agreed on 12 contract provisions. Differences on key issues, however, remain: They have yet to find common ground on health care, compensation, and a procedure to adjudicate sexual harassment and discrimination complaints. The strike has already impacted University operations — several classes had to reduce hours allocated to review sessions and some had to move classes out of Harvard Yard. In addition, some deliveries were disrupted across campus last week as picketers stood in front of loading docks and asked drivers to not deliver their goods.
On Tuesday at midnight, the Harvard's graduate student union went on strike. After over a year of unsuccessful contract negotiations, union members began picketing in Harvard Yard 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. Major points of contention include health care, compensation, and sexual harassment and discrimination grievance procedures. Hundreds of striking union members have given up teaching responsibilities including grading assignments, holding review sessions, and hosting office hours following the last day of regular classes at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
We spent fifteen(ish) seconds with each of Fifteen Minutes Magazine's picks for the Most Interesting members of the Class of 2020.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Federal Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled that Harvard's admissions practices are legal. The decision brought an end to the first stage of the lawsuit between anti-affirmative action advocacy group Students for Fair Admissions and the college
Nicky Maxwell, freshman walk-on to the Varsity Track and Field team, will become the first NCAA-certified athlete in track and field history to compete with a prosthetic running device when he makes his debut for the Harvard men’s team in January.
IN Touch With History: On a dreary afternoon, a conservator fills in the cracked colors of a centuries-old illuminated manuscript. Down the aisle, the personal photo album of an African royal family is restored before it is destroyed by time. At Harvard’s Weissman Preservation Center, conservators connect with stories of the past through the artifacts they touch.
The Way Things Come Around: While studying at Harvard and The New England Conservatory, Laila M. Smith '17 combines gender studies and jazz music to create a sound that is all her own. Video by Lance I. Oppenheim/The Harvard Crimson.
The former presidential candidate and Harvard Law School graduate accused his alma mater of servicing corporate greed in a speech there.
Saskia Maxwell Keller ’18 is a cellist dedicated to her craft. “I’ve always been playing, so when I don’t, it feels like something is wrong.” Unable to rent a cello in the small Tuscan town, Siena, where she was studying abroad, Keller travelled fifty miles to Florence by bus. But that was not the biggest challenge she faced – she had to find a quiet space where no one would hear her scales and concertos. After trying stairwells and gardens, Keller settled in an unusual room in the attic of her residence.
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court passed a ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across all fifty states. At 6 p.m. that day, the Boston Pride Committee hosted a rally outside the Massachusetts State House celebrating the decision. The event featured speakers such as U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, MassEquality Board member Robyn Ochs, and the Rev. Anne Fowler.