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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.


Among Harvard’s Unions, Working Together Helps Everyone 'Win More'

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 Divinity School


Timothy Armstrong, an arborist, gives a demonstration of the equipment used to evaluate a tree on Harvard Divinity School's grounds.

On Campus

New Assessment Recommends Removing Century-Old Tree at Harvard Divinity School

Arborists have said that a century-old oak tree at Harvard Divinity School should be removed, the University announced Thursday evening.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Labor Leader and Rights Advocate Dolores Huerta to Receive Radcliffe Medal

Prominent labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores C. Huerta will receive this year’s Radcliffe Medal, the highest honor given by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. It is given annually to an individual committed to “excellence, inclusion, and social impact."


Harvard Proposes Student Workers Be Allowed to Choose Whether to Join Union

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.


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.

Astrophysics Center

Government Shutdown Could Delay Some Postdoc Fellows’ Funding

Come February, some Harvard researchers might not receive their paychecks on time because of the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.

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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.


Thousands of Grad Students Receive Mistaken Deposit From Harvard Payroll

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.

Cambridge Queen's Head Voting Place Sign

Graduate Students Unionize After Years-Long Effort

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.

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Harvard Law School

Harvard Professors Decry Trump Administration Approach to Asylum Policy, Migrant Caravans

In the hour-long panel, Professor Ieva Jusionyte and Assistant Professor Sabrineh Ardalan spoke about the legal, social, and political issues surrounding migrant caravans.

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Student Groups

'Check Out of Marriott': Harvard Student Labor Advocacy Group Backs Local Hotel Strike

Members of the Student Labor Action Movement held a silent protest during a series of speeches delivered by top Harvard administrators Friday, urging them to boycott seven Marriott Hotels in Boston whose workers have been striking for over a month.

University Hall

FAS Seeks to Pilot New Course Evaluation System This Spring

FAS is seeking faculty in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences to pilot the platform "Blue" in spring 2019.

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On Campus

Whole Heart Serves Up Meat-Free Grub To Smith Center Diners

The branch is the plant-based restaurant chain’s third location.