Negotiators from Harvard and the union representing its dining workers reached a tentative agreement at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, ending the nearly three week-long strike. Here's a look back at the month of picketing and bargaining.
Monday marked a showing of force in support for Harvard’s dining services workers as more than a hundred students and supporters flooded the lobby where negotiations between the University and HUDS’s union took place.
About a thousand people from across New England marched in support of Harvard’s dining services employees from Cambridge Common down Massachusetts Avenue late Saturday afternoon, stopping traffic as they headed toward City Hall.
A small number of dining services employees have, during the course of the more than two-week long strike, avoided the crowds of marching dining hall staff and have resumed work in Harvard dining facilities.
The Boston City Council unanimously voted to support the Harvard University Dining Services workers’ strike at their meeting on Wednesday in a resolution introduced with an impassioned plea by the Council’s president, an alumna of the College and Law School.
On Oct. 5, HUDS employees went on strike for the first time in more than 30 years, and for the first time ever during the academic year. Many of these employees have been at Harvard for years, even decades—so what has that time looked like?
Students have reported finding undercooked meals, meat mixed in with vegetarian food, and insects in their food, prompting some to wonder whether understaffed kitchens are able to maintain regular health and safety standards.
Hundreds of Harvard’s dining service workers began picketing early Wednesday morning, commencing a historic strike precipitated by months of tense—and thus far fruitless—negotiations with the University.
The Undergraduate Council voted 45-3 Sunday to endorse Harvard University Dining Services workers’ in their intent to strike should they not reach an agreement with the University over contract negotiations.