Read about the background and the issues surrounding student unionization at Harvard in the More Information section below.
Second Student Unionization Election Set for April 18-19
February 5, 2018
Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
As you may know, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered a second election to determine whether the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) has support from the majority of the students it seeks to represent. The NLRB has now set the dates of April 18 and 19, 2018 for the election.
Graduate and undergraduate students working in teaching and research positions during the spring term of 2018, as well as doctoral students who worked in the fall and spring terms of 2017, will be eligible to vote in the second election. Positions generally included are:
- Teaching fellow
- Teaching assistant
- Course assistant
- Other instructional roles (e.g. lecturer, instructor) held by students in degree programs
- Hourly-paid student research assistant (excluding undergraduate students)
- Graduate student research assistants—those students who are enrolled in graduate science and engineering programs who are receiving a stipend (or other compensation for their services—regardless of the source of the funds) and are performing research under the supervision of a faculty member.
Harvard will send e-mail notifications to students on the voter list with more information about the voting process and locations. These emails will be sent beginning in mid-February, before Harvard is required to provide a preliminary voter list to HGSU-UAW. Reminders will be sent during the spring through the election date.
Everyone who is eligible to vote should vote, because the election will be decided only by those who cast ballots, just like any political election. This means that if you are in the bargaining unit that the HGSU-UAW proposes to represent, the outcome of this election will affect you whether or not you vote.
As we move forward with a second election, it is critically important to consider again the issues at stake and engage in a robust conversation about the potential impact of unionization. Information is available on the Student Vote section of the Office of the Provost’s website, and a number of student-driven websites, including: Harvard Graduate Students Union–United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW), Graduate Student Unionization: A Critical Approach, and the Against HGSU-UAW Facebook page.
Director of Labor and Employee Relations