Several current and former security guards at Harvard allege that their union, 32BJ Service Employees International Union, has not adequately represented them in employer disputes, citing poor communication and confidentiality breaches.
University negotiators are now considering the full set of economic proposals outlined by Harvard’s graduate student union for its first contract — including issues such as wages and benefits — according to University spokesperson Jonathan L. Swain.
Harvard’s graduate student union delivered a petition to Massachusetts Hall during a rally attended by more than 150 supporters — including Cambridge City Councillors and members of labor unions across Massachusetts — Wednesday.
The letter of termination claims that Bartuah’s behavior violated several company policies including leaving his post without “proper relief,” falsifying company records, and engaging in “carelessness or negligence in the performance of an assigned duty,” as well as other violations.
Three years ago, when two of Harvard’s unions proposed a merger, talks with the University fell through. Now, the unions – one the largest union at Harvard, and the other one of the smallest – are preparing to reopen their case.
Harvard students and employees joined thousands of marchers from across the country in Washington D.C. Tuesday to rally for the preservation of Temporary Protected Status, a program that provides some immigrants with temporary refuge in the United States if their home countries are affected by armed conflict or natural disaster.
After helping the Harvard Graduate Students Union - United Automobile Workers win a seat at the bargaining table last year, leaders of other campus labor organizations now hope that the graduate students’ new contract can pioneer provisions that will benefit their own workers in the future.
Harvard negotiators proposed that student workers retain the right to choose whether or not to join the University’s newest union and pay union dues in a bargaining session with Harvard Graduate Student Union - United Automobile Workers, a provision that would be unique among Harvard’s union contracts.
After months of contract negotiations, Harvard’s student union and the University reached tentative agreements on accessibility to employment records and resources for professional development Wednesday, union bargaining committee members wrote in an email Thursday.
After roughly 3,000 graduate students received an erroneous stipend payment from Harvard in December, some incurred overdraft fees when administrators reversed the error. The administrative mixup drew criticism from the newly formed graduate student union and prompted the University to evaluate its payroll procedures.
Harvard teaching and research assistants voted to unionize in April after five years of activism by Harvard Graduate Student Union-United Automobile Workers organizers. Following the vote, the University agreed to negotiate, and the two parties have begun the bargaining process.
Amid rising concerns over the lack of separate changing rooms for workers of all genders, dining hall employees in Leverett House are calling for a meeting with management to address issues of “safety, dignity, and respect."
Ultimately, 94 percent of voters opted to accept the agreement in Wednesday’s election. Around 51 percent of the union’s 5,100-member bargaining unit participated in the vote — a turnout number that HUCTW President Carrie Barbash said she felt was strong.