Recent Updates and Events
Many want to know what types of benefits come from joining a union. During our election, there were many requests for concrete examples of contracts with real gains for other unionized student workers around the country. Many student-workers also wanted to see what types of issues could be taken to the bargaining table. Since you decide the bargaining priorities, we created a survey to show the range of benefits or protections possible, with examples of other contracts from around the country. These surveys will likely be seen by our democratically elected bargaining committee, once we win our union. Please email us at email@example.com for a link to fill out the survey.
- Many immigrant workers at Harvard are under a visa issued to individuals from countries affected by natural disasters or civil conflict called the Temporary Protected Status; this visa type is under threat of cancellation from the Trump administration. Cancellation would affect tens of thousands of individuals in the Boston-area and tear apart families and communities. The deadline for Haitian workers to renew their status is fast-approaching on July 24, and ISWG is helping to publicize free legal resources to Harvard’s community members. If you are interested in this outreach at Harvard and the local Boston community and can speak Spanish or Haitian Creole, email or join us at ISWG meetings (details below).
- The Supreme Court will hear the case on Trump’s Muslim ban in October. In the meantime, the order is allowed to take effect in a limited manner, banning individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, who do not have “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Read more here. The HIO emergency immigration and visa hotline for Harvard affiliates encountering problems at the border is 857-302-3772. Additional resources available here.
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- President Trump nominates Martin Kaplan and William Emanuel for the NLRB, and eyes other steps to roll back Obama-era labor legislation. Read more here.
- At Columbia, the administration continues to refuse to bargain with its graduate student union, GWC-UAW Local 2110, despite the regional NLRB rejecting their appeal. Rather than respect the democratic process, they have appealed to Trump’s NLRB in Washington, DC., showing the administration is more willing to work with the Trump administration than give the student workers equal rights as other workers across this country. Read more here.
- Despite the Trump administration’s and various university presidents’ attempt to fight it, the graduate student movement continues to grow. Union elections have already been won at Tufts, Brandeis, and American University in Washington D.C. Additionally, Boston College graduate workers will be having their election in the fall semester. Petitions have been filed at the University of Chicago and Penn State.