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October 29, 2016IM -
The United Auto Workers Harvard Graduate Student Union came to an agreement with Harvard University officials last week that a election to vote on union representation will be held November 16 and 17.
Meanwhile, 750 Harvard Dining Hall workers reached a tentative agreement through mediation after an almost three-week strike. The strikers are asking for $35,000 per year, an end to health care costs being pushed onto them, and no concessions on retiree health care. About 95% of the workers had participated in the strike, joined by a coalition of students, faculty, and alumni.
On October 14, 11 striking workers, including UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang and lead negotiator Michael Kramer were arrested after they blocked traffic in Harvard Square in a civil disobedience protest supporting the dining services workers.
“This started out as a group of the lowest-paid workers on the richest university deciding to take a stand for themselves and their families,” says Brian Lang, the president of Unite Here Local 26, which represented the workers.