Read about the background and the issues surrounding student unionization at Harvard in the More Information section below.
Update on Student Unionization at Harvard
January 11, 2018
Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
Earlier today, the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) counted the remaining ballots from the 2016 student unionization election. The final vote total was 1,526 against unionization to 1,396 for, confirming that a majority of students voted against unionization. Due to an earlier NLRB ruling, this result will be set aside, and a second election will soon be scheduled to again vote on this matter.
In 2016, students took it upon themselves to examine what unionization would mean for them, their fellow students, and those who come to Harvard after them. This was evident in the high voter turnout. 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.
In the coming weeks, the NLRB will work with Harvard and the HGSU-UAW to determine a date for the second election. I will send more information as it becomes available.
Director of Labor and Employee Relations