Tentative agreement reached with graduate student union

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 05:30 in Mathematics & Economics

After months of negotiations, Harvard University and the leadership of the Harvard Graduate Student Union United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) representing more than 4,000 members, have agreed to the terms of a one-year contract that embraces a wide range of benefits and protections for graduate and undergraduate employees in all Schools, Provost Alan M. Garber said in an email to University faculty on Monday. The tentative accord, which still requires ratification by the union membership, represents nearly two years of talks between University officials and the union’s bargaining committee to find a workable contract while advancing Harvard’s mission of teaching, learning, and scholarship, and furthering academic freedom. “Our students are the heart of our institution, and we have approached these negotiations with their best interests in mind,” wrote Garber. “With the Union, we have reached a tentative agreement that we feel appropriately addresses the employment-related concerns of our student workers, while also ensuring...

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