Recent Updates and Events
Petition: Harvard, do not appeal
The deliberations about our election have ended, and the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board has decided that Harvard violated the law with an incomplete list and has ordered a new election. In an extraordinary response, Harvard’s administration has announced their intention to appeal this Boston-based decision to the federal NLRB – a move which could weaken requirements nationwide for complete and accurate lists. As the Regional Director writes, “In essence, the Employer seeks to change established Board law.” At a time when so many of the basic protections Americans have taken for granted are in jeopardy, we ask that Harvard not give further power to anti-worker and anti-democratic forces.
The organizing committee has drafted a petition calling on Harvard not to advocate weakening democratic protections in elections across the country just to prevent a fair election on our campus. Sign our petition here and call on Harvard not to appeal the Regional Director’s decision.
Why I support my union, HGSU-UAW!
I’m Sam, a rising 3rd year PhD student in the Health Policy program. I research competition in US health care markets, which as exciting as that sounds really means I spend a lot of time staring at Matlab and Stata on a computer screen. I believe in the graduate student union because I want better protections for student workers when it comes to parental leave policies, fair grievance procedures, and of course, dental insurance.
I also believe that we should strive for the principle of equal pay for equal work. I don’t mean leveling across disciplines, but I mean that within my own program there is significant pay variation for research and teaching positions from one school to the next. I’m in an inter-faculty initiative program meaning that Health Policy students are no strangers to navigating the idiosyncrasies of Harvard’s many departments and schools. Indeed, the interdisciplinary nature of our program is one of its greatest draws, allowing us to learn from a variety of fields as we develop our abilities to research complex questions of policy. But this causes instances in which we are forced to make a difficult trade-off: research and teaching work that better suits our research and professional development or research and teaching work that makes more financial sense. This is a solvable problem. Through our union, we would work to overcome the administrative hurdles of coordinating pay schedules across schools. I came to Harvard because I want to help solve problems and organizing the union to move toward solutions to these problems is just one part of that mission.
If you would like to get involved in organizing your union this summer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is welcome to attend our general organizing meetings, which are Wednesdays at 2pm. The International Scholars’ Working Group meetings are Wednesdays at 6pm, alternating weekly between Cambridge (Aug 2, 16, 30) and Longwood (Aug 9, 23). If you are interested in attending any meeting and would like more information, please send us an email.
- Nurses at the Tufts Medical Center returned to work after a one-day strike followed by a four-day lockout by management. The nurses and management will continue to negotiate proposed changes to pay, staffing, and pensions. Read more here.
- The NLRB has announced that the dates of the Boston College graduate union election will be September 12-13.
- Research and teaching assistants at the New School voted 502-2 to be represented by the UAW. The NLRB released the results from the May 3-4 election after denying a request from the New School to review voter eligibility.
- Two Trump nominees to the National Labor Relations Board passed committee approval and will move forward to the Senate.