Crimson staff writer
Cam E. Kettles
Dozens Resign from Harvard Grad Union Over Response to Hamas Attacks and Jewish, Israeli Student Concerns
More than 30 members of Harvard’s graduate student union resigned since Thursday, criticizing the union’s response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel and stating the union “repeatedly ignored” concerns raised by Jewish and Israeli members.
After just over 24 hours occupying University Hall, a group of pro-Palestine Jewish students and allies ended their sit-in just past 11:30 a.m. Friday morning — though they said their demands remain unmet.
University Hall Occupied By Harvard Jews For Palestine, Group Demanding Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas War
The occupation of University Hall by nine pro-Palestine student organizers will continue through the night, a student protester announced late Thursday evening, after Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana gave them the opportunity to leave without disciplinary consequences.
Harvard’s graduate student union voted on Friday to endorse national union statements supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel and calling for a ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
Harvard has maintained for years that it is not the employer of contracted security guards who work on the University’s campus. But with a new case awaiting trial with the National Labor Relations Board, experts say the Board could hold Harvard liable as an employer for complaints of misconduct.
Harvard undergraduate workers voted to form a union by a landslide 153-1 margin Wednesday. The unionization effort follows a series of undergrad union campaigns around the country as workers seek higher wages and greater employment stability.
Harvard’s non-academic student workers voted overwhelmingly to unionize with all but one ballot in favor after the initial vote tally.