If the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers and Harvard do not meet the Sept. 30 deadline, the union will likely continue to operate on its existing contract.
University President Drew G. Faust has made it clear that she opposes some graduate students' movement to unionize.
Harvard’s director of labor relations departed for Northeastern amid contract negotiations with the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers.
Law experts say that Harvard graduate students' success at unionization may depend on whether the National Labor Relations Board reconsiders a 2004 decision.
Newly elected members of the Graduate Student Council declared Wednesday night their support for an effort by graduate students to unionize.