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Central Administration

NLRB Rejects Petition Seeking to Decertify Harvard Security Guards’ Union, Prompting Appeal

The National Labor Relations Board denied a petition seeking to decertify the union representing around 300 contracted security workers at the University, 32BJ Service Employees International Union.

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Labor

Harvard Security Officer Files Petition Seeking to Decertify Union

A Harvard security worker filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board this month seeking to decertify the union that represents around 300 contracted security workers at the University, 32BJ Service Employees International Union.

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Graduate School of Design

Harvard is Home to 13,000 Workers. Some of Them are its Students, Too.

When he’s not working shifts as a custodian at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Luis M. Toribio — a native Spanish speaker — takes classes on the weekends through Harvard to hone his English skills and practice pronunciation. Two years ago, he said, he struggled to communicate in English — but today, he proudly exclaims he can now do an entire interview in English.

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HUPD

Harvard Police Union and University to Enter Federal Mediation in Contract Negotiations

More than a year after Harvard’s contract with its police union expired, the two sides are set to enter federal mediation in their negotiations over a new contract.

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On Campus

Harvard Security Guards Narrowly Vote to Ratify Contract Offer from Securitas

After months of impasse, Harvard security guards voted last week to ratify a contract offer from Securitas, which employs around 300 contracted security workers who are stationed across the school.

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FAS

Harvard’s Covid-19 Paid Leave Benefits, Pay for Idled Workers Set to Expire April 1

Two weeks after Harvard lifted indoor mask mandates, the University is set to end its Coronavirus Workplace Policies, which will eliminate emergency paid sick leave benefits and partial compensation for some employees who were involuntarily idled by the pandemic.

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Labor

Backed by Local Officials, Harvard Unions Revive Push to Merge

Two Harvard unions representing workers in the Harvard Art Museums and Campus Services revived their push for a merger, bolstered by a petition signed by 136 members and a statement of support from the Cambridge Mayor.

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Events

Comaroff Controversy Reignites Union Calls for Sexual Misconduct Recourse

Several Harvard faculty members gathered in a lecture hall last Friday — but not to teach a class. Rather, they were there to learn about graduate students’ calls for changes to Harvard's sexual harassment reporting process.

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GSAS

Harvard Graduate Student Union Elects New Leadership

Harvard’s graduate student union elected a new executive board last week, replacing a leadership team that guided the group through two contentious years of contract negotiations.

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Labor

Union Representing Harvard Security Guards Marred by Internal Tensions as Contract Negotiations Falter

Tensions within 32BJ — which represents around 300 Harvard security workers and 700 custodians — have come to a head in recent months, with the union’s bargaining committee openly denouncing its leadership.

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Labor

Harvard Security Guards Strike Down ‘Insulting’ Securitas Contract Offer

Harvard security guards overwhelmingly voted down a union contract offer from Securitas on Monday, sending the two sides back to the bargaining table after nearly four months of negotiations.

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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Labor

Custodians Reach Tentative Contract Agreement with Harvard

The union representing Harvard’s custodial workers reached a four-year tentative agreement for a contract with the University Friday, securing wage increases.

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Central Administration

‘A Wide Range of Experiences’: Harvard Clerical and Technical Workers Incorporate Remote Work

Harvard’s more than 5,000 unionized clerical and technical workers have faced different transitions back to working on campus. Juggling health guidelines as well as employees’ needs and preferences, many departments switched — temporarily or permanently — to hybrid arrangements.

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Labor

Custodians, Security Officers Rally To Demand Pay Increases As Contracts Near Expiration

More than 80 custodians, security guards, local officials, and union supporters marched in Harvard Yard Tuesday to demand higher wage increases from the University.

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