Unionization


Bailey Plaman Steps Into Role of HGSU-UAW President

Bailey A. Plaman assumed the presidency of the Harvard Graduate Student Union-United Auto Workers late last year after former HGSU-UAW president Evan C. MacKay ‘19 stepped down to run for public office.


GSAS Raises Ph.D. Stipends to $50,000, Answering Grad Union Call for Living Wage

Ph.D. students in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will be paid at least $50,000 in program stipends, increasing most stipends by more than 10 percent, GSAS Dean Emma Dench announced in an email Monday.


Arnold Arboretum Workers Without Contract Amid Compensation Impasse

Arnold Arboretum workers are now without a contract after their previous agreement with the University expired on Nov. 15, with both sides failing to come to a consensus on compensation after roughly three months of negotiations.


‘A Real Shift’: New Harvard Student Union Forms Amid National Wave of Undergrad Unionization

Harvard undergraduate workers voted to form a union by a landslide 153-1 margin Wednesday. The unionization effort follows a series of undergrad union campaigns around the country as workers seek higher wages and greater employment stability.


Mass General Brigham Union Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge, Alleges Retaliatory Benefit Cuts

Newly unionized residents and fellows at Mass General Brigham filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board Friday alleging the hospital system retaliated against them for unionizing by removing long-standing benefits.


Harvard, Grad Union At Odds Over Legal Defense Fund for Student Workers Amid Request For $17,000

In 2021, Harvard’s graduate student union won a key concession in the creation of a $100,000 fund to cover the legal expenses of graduate students “relating to their working conditions at the University.” Now, the union and Harvard’s Office for Labor and Employee Relations remain at odds over how to administer the fund.


Half of Surveyed Harvard Faculty Say Their Pay Is Too Low

This fourth installment of The Crimson’s survey of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences looks at faculty respondents’ opinions on compensation, unionization campaigns across campus, issues of tenure, and FAS culture.


‘You Can’t Eat Prestige’: Graduate Students and Teaching Fellows Strike Over Financial Aid Cuts

In March 1973, about 700 members of Harvard’s Graduate Students and Teaching Fellow Union braved four days of sub-zero temperatures to protest the newly introduced Kraus Plan, which ultimately reduced financial aid for graduate students.


Boston City Council Unanimously Votes to Support MGB Union Campaign

The Boston City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of residents and fellows organizing for official union recognition at Mass General Brigham during a council meeting Wednesday.


‘Not Too Much to Ask’: Harvard Undergrad Workers Rally for a Union After University Denies Recognition

More than 40 students, staff, and supporters rallied in Harvard Yard Friday in support of unionizing undergraduate workers after the University rejected the campaign’s request for voluntary recognition April 7.


Harvard Provost Garber Promises ‘Generous’ Wages as Negotiations with Clerical Workers Approach One Year

As the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers remains locked in yearlong contract negotiations with the University, Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 said the University is committed to providing its workers “appropriately generous” compensation.


Harvard Undergrad Unionization Campaign Expected to Proceed to Election

Harvard Undergraduate Workers Union organizers estimate that more than 50 percent of eligible students have signed union cards, which would put the group above the threshold necessary for the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a union election.


‘Public and Open Boss Fight’: Mass General Brigham, Hospital Trainees Spar Over Union Drive

After beginning to collect union cards for official recognition in November, residents and fellows at Mass General Brigham received a surprise announcement via email: a bonus of $3,500 for the 2022 academic year.


HAW Rally in Front of John Harvard Statue

HAW members rally in front of the John Harvard statue at noon on Tuesday.


HUCTW Begins Picketing for Wage Increases Amid Contract Impasse

Members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers gathered outside Massachusetts Hall Tuesday to demand the University grant a higher pay raise as Harvard and the union enter month 10 of contract negotiations.


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