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.
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.
Harvard’s brand-new graduate student union is wading into state politics to advocate for a sexual assault prevention law currently under consideration by the Massachusetts state legislature.
Harvard’s newly formed graduate student union launched its bargaining survey Wednesday evening, marking the first step in the union’s preparations to negotiate with the University.
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.