Join thousands of Harvard community members, including undergraduate and graduate student workers, faculty, and staff, in calling on Harvard administration to drop their NLRB appeal and allow a new student union election.
Much has changed in the last year: new attacks on immigrants, new slashes to affordable healthcare, new attacks on vulnerable students, and new, fiercely anti-worker, appointees to the federal NLRB. As student workers, we insist on having a voice in the decision-making processes in our community that affect our immigration rights, access to affordable healthcare, Title IX protections, and changes to our wages and benefits.
Stand with us on November 8 to show solidarity with students and workers across the country and our own campus in their bid to speak up and organize for their rights to a fair democratic process. Hear from individuals and groups about why they are organizing to build a more supportive, diverse, and inclusive Harvard and how this appeal stands in their way.
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(1) Labor/legal experts say:
“If Harvard wins its appeal, requirements for employers to compile lists fairly would be gravely weakened, hurting any union drive by any type of worker joining any union. Harvard administrators appear delighted that a Donald Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board might be willing to dismantle democratic protections for workplaces across the whole country.” http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2017/09/harvards-threat-workplace-democracy
(2) Faculty speak up:
“This leaves Harvard with a choice. Will it continue to spend untold sums on lawyers and legal fees, using capricious NLRB decisions as cover for its refusal to offer graduate teachers and researchers a chance at a free and fair election? Will it risk, through its appeal, threatening the national precedent that employers must provide accurate lists of eligible voters in union elections? Or will it choose the high road, dropping its appeal and adopting an official position of neutrality on the unionization question while its graduate teachers and researchers vote anew?”