We are coming together from all of Harvard’s campuses for to discuss our visions of a Healthy Harvard. Collectively, we can begin to imagine what would make our university a healthy place to live and work, and once our union is recognized, we will sit down with the Harvard administration and negotiate towards those goals.
The Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW (HGSU-UAW) is made up of graduate employees from every corner of the university–from biomedical researchers at Harvard’s many hospital affiliates to teaching fellows for Harvard’s undergraduate courses–joined together in the common goal to make Harvard the best university it can be. We stand together to advocate for the working rights of graduate employees at Harvard. With a greater say in the conditions of our teaching and research, we will ensure our ability to work at the highest level and contribute to a more robust and democratic Harvard community.
Once recognized, we will sit down with the Harvard administration and bargain as equals about our jobs, the effects they have on our lives, and the effects they have on our students. Collective bargaining can mitigate many of the precarious features of graduate employment and enable to focus more on quality teaching and research.