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Harvard Advises Faculty to Prepare after Union Moves to Vote for Strike Authorization

Associate Provost Doreen Koretz and University Director of Labor and Employee Relations Paul R. Curran wrote in an email to faculty Tuesday that it is “critical” that faculty begin to plan for how they would teach in the event of a strike.

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On Campus

As Grad Union Vows to Authorize Strike, Organizers Rally for Support

The vote — which is expected to begin Oct. 15 on Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers’ one year anniversary of bargaining with the University — will require two thirds of voting members’ support in order to allow the negotiating committee to call for a strike if it deems necessary.

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Labor

Under New Mass. Law, Harvard to Roll Out Family Medical Leave Benefit

Harvard will significantly expand paid family and medical leave benefits for eligible employees beginning in January 2021, in accordance with Massachusetts’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, which went into effect Tuesday.

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IOP

Jim Acosta Discusses Impeachment, Media Climate at IOP Talk

IOP Resident Fellow Alice Stewart, a CNN Political Commentator, moderated the conversation. She initiated the discussion with a question about the future of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, which was first announced by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi last week.

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GSAS

Harvard Grad Students Union Elects New Bargaining Committee Members, Three Seats Remain Vacant

Statistics Ph.D. candidate Cory W. McCartan and Biostatistics Ph.D. candidate Lee Kennedy-Shaffer were announced as the two new members of Harvard Graduate Students Union – United Automobile Workers’ bargaining committee. There are now 10 members on the bargaining committee.

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Labor

NLRB Moves to Reverse Rule Deeming Graduate Students Employees

The National Labor Relations Board proposed a rule Friday that would essentially reverse a 2016 decision that opened the door for students at private universities and colleges — including Harvard — to unionize.

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Harvard in the City

Harvard Workers Rally in Boston Labor Day March, Demand Protections for Immigrant Workers

More than 100 workers and union supporters gathered in Boston’s Copley Square in an annual Labor Day rally in solidarity with immigrant workers on Monday.

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Central Administration

Grad Student Union Reaches New Agreements with Harvard, Warns ‘Greater Action’

This week’s agreements — including consensus on intellectual property, health and safety, and the formation of a union-management committee — brought the total number of agreed provisions to seven since bargaining began last October.

Contracted Workers
HUDS

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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Labor

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.

GSAS

Graduate Student Union Occupies University Hall One Year After Recognition

Over the course of more than 10 hours, roughly 30 members of the Harvard Graduate Students Union–United Automobile Workers and their supporters at any given time demanded third party grievance procedures, pay raises, and wider ranging health insurance benefits.

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Unionization

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.

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GSAS

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.

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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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GSAS

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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