As Old Contract Expires, Harvard's Largest Union Seeks Support for Continued Negotiations

After their old contract expired — and with no new agreement immediately in sight — leaders of Harvard’s largest union hosted events across campus this week to garner support for continued negotiations with the University.

No Agreement Likely Before Contract Expires, Clerical Union Says

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.

HLS Groups Blast Harvard for Contract Stalemate with its Dining Workers

15 student groups from Harvard Law School issued a statement on their website reproaching Harvard’s bargaining record with its dining service workers, characterizing the ongoing stalemate in HUDS’ most recent round of contract talks as a class and racial justice “struggle.”

From the Wrestling Mat to the Bargaining Table

​At first glance, it might be difficult to picture Paul R. Curran, Harvard’s current Director of Employee and Labor Relations, decked out in a blue wrestlers’ singlet. He stands with the posture of a lawyer, often in a dark suit with a pinstripe-patterned shirt, but almost always grinning.

Behind the Scenes of HUCTW's Negotiations

Though this year’s negotiations were long, sometimes riddled with frustrations and other times with rewarding compromises, HUCTW members said this process was decidedly less antagonistic than previous negotiations.

HUCTW Members Praise Tentative Contract Changes

Members of Harvard’s largest employee union praised the details of a recent agreement with the University that features significant changes in health care benefits and wage compensation.

Harvard and Union Continue Contract Renegotiations

​More than two and a half months after the expiration of their previous contract, members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers remain engaged in “very frustrating” contract renegotiations with the University, HUCTW director Bill Jaeger said Monday.


A sticker for the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers reads “Solidarity-Negotiation-Progress” near the bag-checking station at Lamont Library on Nov. 10. 2015.

Harvard and Union Bring in Mediators as Deadline Approaches

Contract negotiations between Harvard and its largest union are set to run past the Sept. 30 deadline.

Harvard and Union Negotiate as Deadline Approaches

If the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers and Harvard do not meet the Sept. 30 deadline, the union will likely continue to operate on its existing contract.

Union Negotiations Ongoing, Labor Director Murphy Departs

Harvard’s director of labor relations departed for Northeastern amid contract negotiations with the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers.

Med School Postdocs Criticize Health Benefits Changes

Nearly 70 Harvard Medical School postdoctoral fellows, professors, and administrators signed a letter expressing concern that the University’s new health benefits plan may disproportionately burden postdocs.

Negotiations Ahead, Union Convenes To Discuss Health Care

Two “pre-negotiation” sessions occurred last week and each drew around 50 total participants, focusing on health care.

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