Members of the union’s organizing committee voted to form the group to advocate for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Labor experts say the boundaries delineating issues allowed on the bargaining table for Harvard’s student union could differ from those that define a typical labor contract negotiation.
Labor experts and union organizers say Harvard’s recent move to bargain with its graduate student union may boost unionization efforts at peer universities.
University President Drew G. Faust said administrators “will be very adamant” in maintaining the division between academic and labor issues.
After several months of negotiations, the University of Connecticut and its graduate student union reached an agreement last week.
The change comes as a new piece of state legislation, the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, takes effect.
At least one anti-unionization graduate student is increasing his efforts to reach voters through a series of informational video interviews with University administrators.
The picket marked the second demonstration in support of Mayli Shing since she was fired on Feb. 6.
A mix of faculty from Harvard and other local universities worked to organize the event to "keep the momentum going" for immigration legislation.
A host of campus and local labor unions released a statement Monday morning in support of the graduate student unionization effort, urging eligible graduate and undergraduate students to vote in favor of collective bargaining.