Bloomberg Law
Dec. 3, 2019, 4:28 PM

Harvard Graduate Students Strike After Negotiations Falter

Andrew Wallender
Andrew Wallender

Thousands of unionized graduate student workers at Harvard University went on strike Dec. 3 after a last-ditch negotiation session Dec. 2 failed to produce an agreement.

The Harvard Graduate Student Union, an affiliate of the United Auto Workers, has been negotiating its first contract since October 2018. It authorized a strike in October and set a Dec. 3 deadline for a tentative deal.

The strike is a bold show of collective action by student workers who are under pressure to secure an agreement before possibly losing federal labor protections in the new year. The right for student workers to organize ...

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