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James S. Bikales

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Contracted Workers

Working At — But Not For — Harvard

For Harvard’s contracted and contingent workers, recent policy changes offer hope for better benefits.

Goodbye Curious George
Harvard Square

Curious George Store to Swing Over to New Home in Central Square

The “World’s Only Curious George Store,” a Harvard Square centerpiece, will close its doors on June 30 and relocate to Central Square following a change in ownership.

University Hall

Union Says Forty-Two Contingent Workers Raised to Full-Time Status

The new policies stemmed from an agreement reached during contract negotiations last year between the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers — Harvard’s largest union representing more than 5,000 employees — and the University.

May 1 Union March 2

Harvard Graduate Student Union Occupies University Hall One Year After Recognition

Over the course of more than 10 hours, members of the Harvard Graduate Students Union–United Automobile Workers and their supporters protested, calling on the University to include third party grievance procedures, pay raises, and wider ranging health insurance benefits in their contract.

Harvard Kennedy School

Former Senator Bob Corker Discusses Trump, Primaries at Harvard Event

Former Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) discussed transitioning from the corporate world to politics and President Donald Trump’s foreign policy at an Institute of Politics event Monday evening.

University News

Experts Split on Harvard Grad Students Union’s Non-Discrimination Proposal

Six months into contract negotiations, a union-proposed grievance procedure for sexual harassment and discrimination complaints remains the center of contention.

The Crimson Building

The Harvard Crimson to Resist Subpoena Issued By Winthrop Tutors

The Harvard Crimson objected to a subpoena issued by two Winthrop House tutors commanding a Crimson reporter testify in a deposition and give up reporting materials.

union proposals

On Harvard Graduate Students Union’s First Birthday, A Look at the Proposals on the Bargaining Table

On the anniversary of the graduate students union election, The Crimson breaks down the list of tentative, ongoing, and yet-to-be discussed issues on the bargaining table.

Faculty on Upcoming Presidential Election

Harvard Kennedy School Lecturer Offers Activism Advice at Divestment Talk

Richard Parker, a Kennedy School lecturer, offered advice to students hoping to persuade the University to divest from companies tied to the fossil fuel industry at an event at the Center for Government and International Studies on Tuesday.

On Campus

Graduate Student Union to Air National TV Ads on Harvard Sexual Harassment Protections

The thirty-second advertisement — which will air on channels including CNN, MSNBC, and ESPN — opens with a narrator saying Harvard has a “world-class reputation, and a world-class #MeToo problem.” The campaign will also extend to billboards, radio, and digital media, according to the press release.

IOP Love Your Enemies

American Enterprise Institute President Calls for 'Love' in American Politics at Harvard IOP

President of the American Enterprise Institute and recently appointed Harvard professor Arthur C. Brooks called love the solution to the problem of contempt in American government at an Institute of Politics event Wednesday.

University Hall

Some Harvard Undergraduate Teaching Staff Unaware They Are Represented by Union

Some undergraduate teaching staff said they were previously unaware of the potential impact that ongoing contract negotiations between Harvard and its new graduate student union will have on eligible College students.

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Harvard Medical School

Harvard Securitas Guards Allege Inadequate Union Representation

Several current and former security guards at Harvard allege that their union, 32BJ Service Employees International Union, has not adequately represented them in employer disputes, citing poor communication and confidentiality breaches.


With Full Union Proposal, Harvard Now Considering Economic Contract Provisions

University negotiators are now considering the full set of economic proposals outlined by Harvard’s graduate student union for its first contract — including issues such as wages and benefits — according to University spokesperson Jonathan L. Swain.

Time's Up

Grad Student Union Rallies for Third-Party Arbitration, Petitions Harvard President Bacow

Harvard’s graduate student union delivered a petition to Massachusetts Hall during a rally attended by more than 150 supporters — including Cambridge City Councillors and members of labor unions across Massachusetts — Wednesday.