Cambridge, Mass. - Members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW) have been working without a new contract since the end of June 2012 as negotiations with the university have gotten nowhere. The unions says that wage increases offered by the university are not enough to maintain decent living standards given the cost of living, health care, and local rental markets. Harvard meanwhile says its offers are based on current labor market conditions, its proposals are above inflation rates, and that finances are suffering due to the Great Recession.
Cambridge, Mass. - Labor activists, Harvard University employees, and friends and family rallied today in Cambridge to protest the laying off of three University Financial Services workers, citing apparent discrimination.
The emergency rally was held with just a day of notice, after Darlene Tate, a Harvard staffer with more than 25 years of experience in accounts payable, was informed Thursday she was being laid off shortly after returning from disability leave.
Human Rights Advocates Challenge Harvest Co-op Board Decision to Halt Referendum to Boycott Israeli Hummus
Cambridge, MA - Over 20 human rights advocates attended a Harvest Co-op board of directors meeting last Monday to push the Harvest board to reconsider their decision to stop a proposed membership referendum from moving forward to a vote. The referendum in question proposed removing the Sabra and Tribe hummus brands from the co-op's store shelves - on the grounds that both brands were owned by Israeli companies complicit in that nation's human rights violations against Palestinians.
Cambridge, MA - Over 20 Harvard employees and supporters held a demonstration outside Harvard University's 90 Mt. Auburn St. facility on Wednesday against proposed "voluntary and involuntary staff reductions" at the Harvard University Library- while a meeting on restructuring the labor force at the library was being led by HU Library Executive Director Helen Shenton inside.
Cambridge, Mass. - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges addressed a rally of 75 Occupy Harvard protestors and supporters on Monday near the Science Center at Harvard University - just outside Harvard Yard, which has been locked down to the public and press since the Occupy Harvard movement was launched on November 9th.
First #OccupyHarvard General Assembly Draws 500+; Harvard Yard Locked Down to Public Press and Some Students
Cambridge, Mass. - Harvard University's main quad - the famed Harvard Yard, bounded by Mass Ave., Peabody St., Cambridge St., Broadway and Quincy St. - was locked down in response to Harvard students, staff and faculty calling the first general assembly of Occupy Harvard this evening. All visitors without a Harvard affiliation - including members of the press - are being stopped at the five open gates of the walled complex by a combination of private security guards, Harvard University Police and Cambridge Police.
Cambridge, Mass. - Last Thursday, as Palestinian leadership pushed for recognition of an independent state at the United Nations, over 50 people attended a Harvard Square demonstration in support of that ongoing effort.
Cambridge, Mass. - Over 50 student activists from the Harvard College Environmental Action Committee and allies held a protest against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday - on the occasion of a closed-door presentation at Harvard University's Kirkland House by President Barrack Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina.
Cambridge, Mass. - Over 500 union members and allies held a Labor Day March between Cambridge City Hall and the Cambridge Common via Harvard Yard on Monday. The event was organized by Service Employees International Union Local 615 and several other labor unions, together with area community and religious organizations.
Cambridge, MA - Several people, including students and members of at least three local unions, participated in an informational picket today at the Verizon Wireless store in Harvard Square. The action was one of dozens of similar pickets that have been organized outside Verizon Wireless stores in support of the strike against Verizon by over 45,000 of its unionized workers that began on August 6th.