Harvard Grad Student Union Reaches First Contract Agreement

June 16, 2020, 5:38 PM

Harvard University graduate student workers reached a tentative bargaining agreement with administrators that would provide pay raises and health-care coverage.

The deal, reached Monday night, marks a breakthrough for the Harvard students after nearly two years of negotiations. It comes less than two weeks after Brown University became the first Ivy League university to reach a bargaining agreement with student workers. Georgetown University graduate students also reached an agreement with administrators in May.

The agreement, if ratified, would last for one year—a far shorter duration than most union contracts. The union’s 4,500 bargaining members, organized under the United Auto Workers, ...

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