After months of “intense” negotiations with Harvard, leaders of Harvard’s largest labor union say it is unlikely that they will reach an agreement before members’ current contract expires. The contract is set to expire Sept. 30.
Harvard’s brand-new graduate student union inched towards the bargaining table this week when it published a list of goals for its inaugural round of negotiations with administrators. There are 80 goals in total.
After Harvard teaching and research assistants voted to unionize last semester, labor experts predicted other schools would follow in Harvard's footsteps. That forecast has proved partially correct at best.
Harvard and its brand-new union have yet to hammer out initial bargaining terms. But both University and union representatives say their upcoming negotiations will likely take place behind closed doors.
The developments in Boston follow a national-level escalation between UNITE HERE and Marriott that began early last week.
Representatives of Harvard’s new graduate student union say they are committed to prioritizing issues of diversity and inclusion at the bargaining table.
If HGSU-UAW does begin pushing for a contract with Harvard this semester, it will cap off an eventful — and historic — year for both the University and the brand-new union.
In total, 513 members of the bargaining unit voted in the election, according to meeting notes from an HGSU-UAW executive committee meeting held May 14.
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.