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What Should Replace Confederate Statues?

Christian K. Anderson The Conversation
As part of America’s reckoning with its oppressive past, the nation now faces the question not just of what statues and other images should be taken down, but what else – if anything – should be put up in their place.

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How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions

Walter Johnson The New York Review of Books
Over months of contract bargaining, Harvard reached common ground with the union on some issues. But over the course of a recent strike, the university began to lash out in punitive and ominous ways.

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The Working Class Battles The Man in Harvard Strike

Adrian Walker The Boston Globe
In its first week, the strike drew support from colleagues in the labor movement. Some deliveries of supplies were halted when UPS workers refused to cross the picket line. Construction workers at Harvard Medical School stopped working on a facade.

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Harvard’s Graduate Student Union Begins Strike

James S. Bikales and Ruoqi Zhang The Harvard Crimson
Harvard’s graduate student union began its strike Tuesday at midnight after more than a year of contract negotiations with the University.

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Harvard Will Bargain With Grad Union

SHERA S. AVI-YONAH and MOLLY C. MCCAFFERTY The Harvard Crimson
Harvard will collectively bargain with its newly formed graduate student union, University President Drew G. Faust said in an interview Tuesday.

Harvard Disinvites Chelsea Manning, and the Feeling Is Mutual

Matthew Haag And Jonah Engel Bromwich New York Times
Mr. Elmendorf told Ms. Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for providing classified information to WikiLeaks, that she was still invited to speak at Harvard. But he said that the school could no longer give her the title of visiting fellow.

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Harvard, Striking Dining Hall Workers Make Deal

Katheleen Conti and Adam Vaccaro The Boston Globe
The settlement may well resonate beyond the gates of Harvard Yard. It marks the fourth time in recent months that a union has bucked a long and steady decline in the clout of organized labor groups. The show of strength for organized labor comes at a time when just 11.1 percent of the US workforce is unionized. Some labor specialists say changing economic conditions are giving unions newfound leverage, despite their relatively modest ranks.

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What a Housekeeper at Harvard’s Hotel Tells Us About Inequality

Lydia DePillis The Washington Post
Food service workers at Harvard are members of UNITE-HERE Local 26. After two years, they earn $21.73 per hour on average, while for many years the DoubleTree hotel in Cambridge owned by the university non-union housekeepers earned only about $15 an hour. Last year, housekeepers at the hotel mounted a push to join Local 26 as well. Hilton, which owns the DoubleTree chain bumped salaries to $18 an hour— but has so far managed to avoid a unionized workforce.
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