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Meimei Xu

Crimson staff writer Meimei Xu can be reached at meimei.xu@thecrimson.com. Follow her on Twitter @meimeixu7.

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Labor

Harvard Grad Student Union Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against University Over Information Requests

Harvard’s graduate student union filed an unfair labor practice charge against the University with the National Labor Relations Board Monday, alleging Harvard is not bargaining in good faith with the union by withholding necessary information about its unit and relevant University policies.

Quincy Dining Hall
College

Harvard University Dining Services To Expand Meal Options, Change Hours for Fall 2021

Harvard University Dining Services will expand full-service breakfast to both Annenberg and Quincy and add brunch service on Saturdays in all houses beginning Aug. 20, HUDS Managing Director Smitha S. H. Haneef wrote in an email to the College Wednesday.

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GSAS

Harvard Grad Student Union Votes To Extend Current Contract As Negotiations Continue

Members of Harvard’s graduate student union voted 61.5 percent in favor of a two-month contract extension last week, accepting the University’s offer to extend the contract to Aug. 31 as the two sides remain deep in negotiations.

HGSU-UAW Picketer
Labor

500 Harvard Graduate Students Commit to Organizing Strike As Negotiations Drag On

Harvard’s graduate student union delivered a letter to University administrators Thursday morning signed by more than 500 graduate students pledging to organize a strike if contract negotiations between Harvard and the union are not resolved by June 30.

Law School Dining Workers Rally 2
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Law School Dining Workers Rally 2

UNITE HERE Local 26 chief shop stewards Laquiesha N. Rainey (left) and Eugene Van Buren at the rally in front of Griswold Hall, where the Harvard Law School Dean’s Office is located.

Law School Dining Workers Rally 1
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Law School Dining Workers Rally 1

Harvard Law School dining workers and their supporters gather to protest potential job insecurity in front of Griswold Hall, where the Law School Dean’s Office is located.

Law School Dining Workers Rally 1
Harvard Law School

Fearing Layoffs, Dining Workers Rally at Harvard Law School

Approximately 30 Harvard dining workers and supporters rallied in front of the Law School Tuesday to protest potential layoffs as the school ends its contract with dining services contractor Restaurant Associates later this month.

HGSU-UAW Marches on Church St.
Labor

Eight Bargaining Sessions In, How Do Harvard Grad Students Union’s Proposals Stack Up to Other Unions’ Contracts?

Less than a year ago, Harvard’s graduate student union ratified its first contract with the University, ending 19 months of negotiations. Now, the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers is back at the bargaining table negotiating for its second contract.

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Labor

Harvard Extends Pay for Idled Employees, Flexible Leave Policies

Harvard updated its pandemic workforce policies Thursday, adding paid time off for vaccinations and extending its emergency pay policy for direct hire employees idled by the pandemic through the end of the year.

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Central Administration

Grad Students Report Frustration with University In Union Bargaining Sessions

After attending bargaining sessions with Harvard for the graduate student union’s second contract, rank-and-file union members said the University’s bargaining team was resistant to the union’s proposed changes, especially on the topics of compensation and procedures for handling complaints of identity-based discrimination and sexual harassment.

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University

Harvard and Grad Student Union Settle Grievance Over Union Dues Deductions

Harvard has agreed to pay its graduate student union $60,000 as a settlement for dues it failed to deduct from union members’ paychecks from July to September 2020.

Covid layoffs collage
Scrutiny

Four Stories, Four Harvard Workers

In the wake of Harvard reducing idled workers' pay to 70 percent during the pandemic, we followed four Harvard employees over the course of three months, conducting interviews on a weekly basis. These four individuals shared their lives with us, and although financial challenges and the pandemic have touched each of them, the pay cut is far from the only reason why these stories need telling.

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University

‘Our Success or Failure Is Tied Together’: Grad Student Union Activism Picks Up in Biden Era

Joe Biden’s ascension to the White House has precipitated a flurry of activity by graduate student unions at private universities across the country, some of whom had avoided certain organizing efforts during the Trump administration amid fears that their cases would be used to shut down graduate students’ right to unionize altogether.

HGSU Third Party Payroll Grievance
Labor

Harvard Grad Union Files Grievance Over Pay for Student Workers Living Abroad

Harvard Graduate Student Union-United Automobile Workers filed a Step One grievance against the University over the “unacceptable” complications and delays in pay for graduate student workers living abroad due to the pandemic.

Kelly Yang
Conversations

The Justice of Writing: Kelly Yang’s Story of Survival

Now a New York Times-bestselling author, Yang’s numerous “about me” blurbs online simply say she gave up law to pursue writing, but they don’t tell the whole story. Yang herself experienced sexual assault when she was a first-year student at HLS. She lost faith in the legal system after the Law School, which she had viewed as a symbol of justice, declared her assaulter not guilty and investigated her instead. “Parachutes” is the culmination of the 17 years she spent rebuilding her identity and courage after the assault, she says.

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