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Update on HGSU-UAW Negotiations

December 11, 2019

I write with an update on the ongoing negotiations with the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW). On December 2, the day before the strike began, the union shared several revised proposals with the University, including one on compensation and benefits. Over the past week, the University has been reviewing those proposals to understand their economic implications. We are scheduled to meet with the union next week to discuss these proposals as well as new counter proposals on other issues from both sides.... Read more about Update on HGSU-UAW Negotiations

Compensation Proposals for Student Workers: HGSU-UAW Negotiations Update

December 5, 2019

Dear Faculty: Compensation is a core focus of any labor negotiation, and that is true of the ongoing negotiations with HGSU-UAW. We write to share information on the current compensation proposals that have been offered by both the University and the union. And, to put those into context, we also share information on current financial aid and compensation for the bargaining unit members.... Read more about Compensation Proposals for Student Workers: HGSU-UAW Negotiations Update

University Position on HGSU-UAW Proposed Arbitration of Harassment and Discrimination Claims

December 3, 2019

Dear Faculty: With the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) strike beginning today, we write to give you information regarding a key issue that has been part of our negotiations: How the University handles claims of harassment and discrimination, and specifically the Union’s proposal for grievance and arbitration of such matters.... Read more about University Position on HGSU-UAW Proposed Arbitration of Harassment and Discrimination Claims

Potential Graduate Student Work Strike -- Planning and Preparation

October 8, 2019
Dear Harvard Department Chairs and Faculty: This morning the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) announced that it will put a Strike Authorization Vote (SAV) forward to its members, with the vote beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 15. If successful, the vote would signal the possibility of a strike to follow at some point. ... Read more about Potential Graduate Student Work Strike -- Planning and Preparation

Update on student unionization

October 12, 2018

I write to update you on the status of the important negotiations between the University and the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW). The University is scheduled to begin collective bargaining with HGSU-UAW next week and, in advance of that, preparations have been underway within both the University and the Union.... Read more about Update on student unionization