Graduate student unions at Boston College, Yale, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania have withdrawn petitions to represent students at those campuses before the National Labor Relations Board over the past two weeks.
Wielding picket signs and bellowing chants, around 40 students and workers gathered outside the Smith Campus Center Thursday to protest the recent termination of Mayli Shing.
The National Labor Relations Board approved an election agreement earlier this month detailing the terms and timeline of Harvard’s upcoming unionization election.
Pointing to University President-elect Lawrence S. Bacow’s past comments on labor issues, Harvard unionization supporters say they worry he will not support the issue.
Graduate students opposed to unionization condemn unequal resources between Harvard Graduate Students Union and students critical of the union.
Columbia University will not respond to a bargaining request from its graduate student union, and the resulting NLRB proceedings could impact Harvard.
Harvard’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations Paul R. Curran announced the University’s preparations for the April student unionization election.
"I can guarantee you that student-workers like myself across campus are circling April 18 on their calendars right now," one Ph.D. student said.
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The voter list was a point of contention in the original Nov. 2016 unionization election, when HGSU-UAW claimed that the voter list the University provided was insufficient.
Unionization organizer and English Ph.D. candidate Andrew B. Donnelly estimated student activists sent “more than 100” emails to people involved in the search process.
The mandate to hold a second election came after the National Labor Relations Board unsealed and counted 193 ballots remaining from Harvard’s first unionization election, held Nov. 2016, on Thursday morning.
The NLRB’s final count would pave the way for the University to hold a second election after more than a year of deadlock.
The National Labor Relations Board will count the remaining 195 contested ballots from Harvard’s Nov. 2016 student unionization election in early January, possibly paving the way for a new election.
“We’ve been celebrating with Harvard here,” said Olga Brudastova, a Columbia graduate student and union organizer.