Harvard Student Workers Win New Union Election


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After weeks of hearings and deliberations, the NLRB in a report filed Wednesday affirmed that the Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW’s concerns over Harvard’s list of eligible voters was valid and could lead to another election. In the report and recommendations of the NLRB hearing officer the NLRB wrote:

I find that the Employer has not substantially complied with the voter list requirements set forth in Section 102.62(d) of the Board’s Rules and Regulations. Accordingly, I recommend that [HGSU-UAW’s] objection be sustained and that, if a revised tally of ballots does not result in the Petitioner receiving a majority of the valid votes cast, the results of this election be set aside and a new election be directed.”

Should there be a new election, student workers at Harvard University will have a fair opportunity to vote to form a union and collectively bargain over their working conditions.  “We are encouraged by the hearing officer’s decision, as Harvard graduate workers believe that if given a fair election, Harvard graduate workers will choose to join together to collectively bargain,” says Niharika Singh, a Ph.D. student worker in the department of Public Policy. “By joining the UAW, we gain a national voice in advocating on issues we care about, like protections for international student workers and protections from discrimination and harassment.”

Any future election will depend on the outcome of a revised tally of votes from last December. Under the NLRB process, Harvard University has an opportunity to file exceptions to the recommendation to the regional director. The deadline to do so is May 3.

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