As members of the graduate student union hit the picket lines Tuesday, University negotiators posted a position statement online arguing that the union’s proposed procedure for adjudicating sexual harassment and discrimination complaints may be in conflict with Title IX.
The widely anticipated strike, announced by the union’s bargaining committee last month, followed months of negotiations during which the two parties failed to come to agreements on key provisions.
The Crimson has analyzed how Harvard's graduate student union and the University’s compensation and benefits proposals compare to those of other unions.
Harvard’s graduate student union is set to go on strike at 10 a.m. Tuesday after its negotiating committee and Harvard failed to come to any new agreements during a bargaining session Monday morning.
University President Lawrence S. Bacow and Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 responded to a pair of letters sent by the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and alumni from the Class of 1969 supporting Harvard’s graduate student union in its contract negotiations with the University.
University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 wrote in an email to University affiliates Tuesday that Harvard’s graduate student union’s planned strike will neither “clarify” either side’s position nor “resolve areas of disagreement.”
Harvard’s graduate student union and the University agreed Tuesday to schedule one additional bargaining session for Dec. 2, one day before the union’s looming Dec. 3 strike deadline.
While negotiations last Friday yielded a tentative agreement on job posting — adding to the 11 other tentative agreements reached so far — the two sides remain at an impasse over several key proposals.
Seven members of Harvard’s Class of 2020 have won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, the American and Canadian secretaries of the Rhodes Trust announced Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Harvard and its graduate student union could not reach agreements on compensation, health benefits, and grievance procedures during a bargaining session Friday, with just over a week remaining before the union plans to strike if no agreement is reached.
As Harvard’s graduate student union prepares for a potential strike next month, organizers can look to several other graduate student unions across the country that have initiated work stoppages in recent years.
Earlier this week, Harvard released all of its proposals on a website devoted to the union negotiations. The grad students union released a selection of provisions Wednesday on compensation, health benefits, and grievance procedure for sexual harassment and discrimination complaints.
Several departments may delay grading or change final exam formats in the event that Harvard’s graduate student union goes on strike next month, according to faculty members across the University.
As more than 150 temporary and less-than-half-time Harvard employees transition into permanent, benefited staff positions following a policy change that went into effect in March, the shift has brought “extraordinary” opportunities for some, but unintended challenges for others.
Harvard’s graduate student union announced Tuesday morning that it will strike if negotiations are unable to reach a contract with the University by Dec. 3.
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