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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.

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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.

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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.

Graduate Student Council and Union Meeting

Graduate Student Union and Council Fail to Draw Crowd at Joint Town Hall

Harvard’s graduate student union and Graduate Student Council co-hosted their first-ever joint town hall meeting Thursday, drawing only one attendee beyond the organizers.

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.

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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.

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Grad Union and Harvard Continues Negotiation on Economic Proposals

Harvard has put forward its economic proposals outlining compensation and benefits for student workers represented by the graduate student union in a bargaining session Monday, University Provost Alan M. Garber '76 wrote in an email to Harvard affiliates Tuesday.

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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.

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College Administration

Union Initiates Grievance Procedures for Laid-off Workers, Alleges Contract Violation by Harvard

Harvard’s largest union initiated grievance procedures on behalf of several Harvard Division of Continuing Education employees who were laid off last week as part of the division’s efforts to make use of similar Faculty of Arts and Sciences personnel instead.

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On Campus

Some Longwood Securitas Officers Face Non-Disciplinary Transfers, Lose Shifts

When Arlene Yarde, a full-time Securitas guard at Harvard Medical School, was called into her supervisor’s office two years ago to discuss a tweet she had posted, she could not anticipate the upheaval that would follow their conversation.

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On Campus

Securitas Fires Guard Who Alleged Retaliation

The letter of termination claims that Bartuah’s behavior violated several company policies including leaving his post without “proper relief,” falsifying company records, and engaging in “carelessness or negligence in the performance of an assigned duty,” as well as other violations.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvard Security Guard Alleges Retaliation, Files Complaint

School of Public Health security guard Joseph G. Bartuah filed a complaint with the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s Office earlier this month, alleging his supervisors at Securitas, which provides security services for the University, retaliated against him after he raised workplace concerns to them.