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Dozens Resign from Harvard Grad Union Over Response to Hamas Attacks and Jewish, Israeli Student Concerns

More than 30 members of Harvard’s graduate student union resigned since Thursday, criticizing the union’s response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel and stating the union “repeatedly ignored” concerns raised by Jewish and Israeli members.


Harvard Grad Union Endorses BDS and Calls for Ceasefire, Drawing Member Criticism

Harvard’s graduate student union voted on Friday to endorse national union statements supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel and calling for a ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Harvard Grad Union Protests Worker Wages

Harvard Grad Union Requests Mid-Contract Negotiations Over Wages

Halfway into a four-year contract, Harvard’s graduate student union has asked the University to formally reopen contract negotiations over demands for higher wages.

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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.

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Harvard Grad Union Members Mixed on New University-Wide Policies on Bullying and Discrimination

Some members of Harvard’s graduate student union said the University’s first anti-bullying and non-discrimination policies, released last month, did not reflect some of the union’s proposed changes for a broader definition of “bullying” and greater “neutrality” in the University’s resolution process.

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Harvard Grad Student Union Votes to Affiliate with Undergraduates Seeking Union Recognition

Members of Harvard’s graduate student union voted at a meeting Tuesday to affiliate with undergraduate student workers currently collecting union cards for official recognition.

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Psychology Graduate Students Dispute Ineligibility for Union Benefits

Amid calls for coverage under union benefits, graduate students in Harvard’s psychology department have found themselves at odds with their departmental leadership.

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Harvard Graduate Student Union Alleges Comaroff’s Return to Teaching Violates Contract

Harvard’s graduate student union filed a grievance against the University last month, alleging contract violations due to Professor John L. Comaroff’s return to teaching at the University.

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Harvard Grad Student Union Protests Comaroff’s Return to Teaching After Sexual Harassment Findings

Returning from two years of administrative leave for allegations of sexual and professional misconduct, Harvard professor John L. Comaroff stood up to begin his first class back on campus Tuesday afternoon.

Comaroff Walkout

Hundreds Rally Against Harvard’s Handling Comaroff Sexual Harassment Claims

Students rallied in support of sexual harassment survivors in the wake of a lawsuit charging that Harvard mishandled sexual misconduct allegations against professor John L. Comaroff.



Koby D. Ljunggren, pictured here at a previous HGSU-UAW rally, was elected the new president of the union.

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Harvard’s Graduate Student Union Files Complaint Over Spring Covid Policies

Harvard’s graduate student union presented University leaders with a list of grievances about the school's updated spring Covid-19 protocols last week, calling for free high-quality masks and expanded testing.

Ten Stories that Shaped 2021

Ten Stories That Shaped 2021

At Harvard, 2021 was a year marked by change. The school’s long-awaited return to in-person operations injected new life into a campus that had been left dormant for over a year by Covid-19. And in an unexpected shift, the University announced its intention to divest its endowment from fossil fuels after a decade of public pressure. Separately, faculty controversies — including a federal conviction and a high-profile departure — ignited debates that rippled across academia. Below, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped the last year at Harvard.

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Kennedy School Students Pen Dueling Letters to Visa on Payment Policies to Adult Websites

More than 500 Harvard affiliates signed on to an open letter to Visa CEO Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., urging the company to adopt policies they argue will curb the spread of illegal pornographic materials.

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Harvard Grad Student Union Ratifies 4-Year Contract With 70.6% Approval

Harvard’s graduate student union ratified a four-year contract with the University in a vote that ended Saturday, with 70.6 percent of voters in support.