Harvard Graduate Student Union

Harvard Violated Contract With HGSU in Excluding Some Grad Students, Arbitrator Rules

An arbitrator ruled Friday that Harvard violated its 2021 contract with the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers by excluding lab-based psychology Ph.D. students from the union.

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Central Administration

Harvard’s Academic Workers Unionized. But in a Year of Labor Ups and Downs, How Did They Win?

Harvard’s cohort of unionized student workers nearly doubled over the past year. The largest successful union — Harvard Academic Workers-United Auto workers — now represents more than 3,000 non-tenure-track faculty. Ahead of its first contract, the group is taking aim at the very structure of academic employment.

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Grad Student Union Files Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against Harvard Over Encampment Response

Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers filed unfair labor practice charges against Harvard on Wednesday with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the University’s response to the pro-Palestine encampment in Harvard Yard violated the rights of student workers.

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Nearly 500 Graduate Students Petition Harvard to Not Restrict Emergency Fund Access

Nearly 500 members of the HGSU-UAW signed a petition calling on Harvard to not limit graduate student emergency fund eligibility, which was delivered to top administrators in Mass. Hall during a Wednesday rally.

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Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School Academic Workers Vote 62-3 To Unionize

Harvard Law School clinical workers voted 62-3 on Wednesday in favor of unionizing under Harvard Academic Workers-United Auto Workers.


Former HGSU-UAW President Launches Campaign for State Representative

Evan C. MacKay ’19 launched a campaign for Middlesex District State Representative on Dec. 7 after stepping down as the president of Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers.

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Central Administration

Interim President Garber’s Uneasy Relationship With Harvard Unions

When longtime Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 suddenly became interim president earlier this month, the powerful but largely invisible administrator was unfamiliar to most Harvard affiliates.


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.

HGSU Protestors Demand Higher Wages

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.

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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.

Harvard Office of Labor and Employee Relations

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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Central Administration

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.