Grad students striking at Harvard tomorrow?

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    The strike could complicate the completion of academic work done at the semester’s end, from grant applications to pre-exam reviews, final grading and more.  “Research assistants won’t do their research,” said Rachel Sandalow-Ash, a member of the bargaining committee for the Harvard Graduate Student Union (HGSU). “On the teaching side, student-workers will not hold review sessions and will not grade exams.”

    In a statement, university spokesman Jonathan Swain called the strike “unwarranted,” saying it “will neither clarify our respective positions nor will it resolve areas of disagreement…”

    Union negotiators allege that the university is declining to implement a fair raise and pay stability for student-workers who tend to live with fast-rising rents in Cambridge, Somerville and other parts of greater Boston.  As a nonsalaried research assistant at Harvard Law, Sandalow-Ash (for example) is paid $12 an hour — the minimum hourly wage in Massachusetts. She said that the university signaled an intention to raise minimum hourly pay for students in nonsalaried roles to $15, which will be the state’s mandatory minimum wage by 2023…

    https://www.wbur.org/edify/2019/12/02/harvard-graduate-students-strike

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