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Graduate Student Union to Air National TV Ads on Harvard Sexual Harassment Protections

The thirty-second advertisement — which will air on channels including CNN, MSNBC, and ESPN — opens with a narrator saying Harvard has a “world-class reputation, and a world-class #MeToo problem.” The campaign will also extend to billboards, radio, and digital media, according to the press release.

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GSAS

Graduate Student Council Votes in Pro-Union Executive Board

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ new Graduate Student Council board — voted in at the Council’s monthly meeting Wednesday evening — are nearly unanimous in their support for the graduate student union.

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University

Some Harvard Undergraduate Teaching Staff Unaware They Are Represented by Union

Some undergraduate teaching staff said they were previously unaware of the potential impact that ongoing contract negotiations between Harvard and its new graduate student union will have on eligible College students.

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GSAS

Grad Student Union Rallies for Third-Party Arbitration, Petitions Harvard President Bacow

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.

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College Administration

Union Initiates Grievance Procedures for Laid-off Workers, Alleges Contract Violation by Harvard

Harvard’s largest union initiated grievance procedures on behalf of several Harvard Division of Continuing Education employees who were laid off last week as part of the division’s efforts to make use of similar Faculty of Arts and Sciences personnel instead.

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FAS

GSAS Graduate Student Council Supports Union’s 'No Carve Out,' Talks Latinx Funding Disparity

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Graduate Student Council approved a resolution declaring their official support for the graduate student union’s proposal to include sexual harassment and discrimination in grievance procedures at their monthly open meeting Wednesday.

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On Campus

Graduate Student Council Meeting

Erik Baker — a representative of the Graduate Students Union — present a motion to the Graduate Student Council on Wednesday evening, requesting support for their #NoCarveOut bargaining effort over the University's procedures for handling graduate student accusations of discrimination and sexual harassment.

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Labor

Two Harvard Unions Prepare for Another Attempt at Merger

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.

Bargainfest
GSAS

Graduate Student Union Organizers-Turned-Negotiators Learn to Bargain

When representatives from Harvard’s newly-formed graduate student union sat down in front of the University’s negotiators in their first bargaining session last October, they brought to the meeting enthusiasm for their cause, an ambitious list of 80 bargaining goals, and a set of democratic negotiating principles framing leadership as shared among the entire team.

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Power in STEM
Research

Grad Students in STEM Talk Lab Culture Issues at Union-Led Discussion

Graduate students in STEM departments shared stories about sexual harassment in the lab, issues with advisors, and unsafe working conditions at a discussion hosted by the graduate student union Wednesday night.

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Mental Health

Grad Council Meeting

The Graduate Student Council met Wednesday night to discuss student unionization and a temporary halt to mental health survey reports.

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FAS

Grad Student Council Talks Health Insurance Plan, Pushes for Student Involvement

The University has asked graduate students working on departmental mental health surveys to temporarily stop submitting reports containing the results, the Graduate Student Council announced at its first monthly meeting of the year Wednesday.

Bargainfest
Labor

Harvard and Its Graduate Union Reach Two Agreements After Months of Deadlock

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.

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Harvard Law School

Mass. Law Gives Harvard Law Research Assistants First Pay Raise in 11 Years

Student research assistants at Harvard Law School received their first pay raise in more than a decade this month thanks to a Massachusetts minimum wage law that took effect Jan. 1. In total, 742 student workers throughout the university received raises when the state minimum wage rose from $11 to $12 per hour.

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