Oct 27, 2019

Harvard graduate student union votes to authorize strike action

Harvard. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

More than 90% of Harvard University's unionized graduate student workers voted Friday to authorize a strike at a date to be set after member town halls are held, the Harvard Crimson reports.

The big picture: Union negotiators said they'd reached an impasse with Harvard after a year of talks on issues including "pay, benefits, and protections from discrimination and harassment," according to the Boston Globe. Harvard said a strike was "unwarranted," per the Globe.

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Protesters delay Harvard-Yale football game with sit-in, "OK boomer" chants

Photo: Arnold Gold/New Haven Register via AP

Protesters stormed the field at a rivalry football game on Saturday between Harvard and Yale Universities, chanting phrases like "OK boomer," and demanding that both schools divest from fossil fuel companies, the Washington Post reports.

The state of play: Players from the two teams took part in the game-day demonstration by wearing orange wristbands, the Post notes. Most of the protesters left after 1.5 hours, per the AP, but those who remained on the field were arrested.

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UAW votes in favor of new contract with Ford

United Auto Workers union members picket at the General Motors Tech Center on Oct. 25 in Warren, Mich. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The United Auto Workers Union said its members voted to approve a four-year contract with Ford, Reuters reports, after reaching a tentative deal in October.

Why it matters: With 56.3% of Ford’s hourly workers voting in favor of the deal, Ford will avoid a strike like the six-week work stoppage that cost General Motors nearly $3 billion earlier this fall, per Reuters.

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UAW president to take leave of absence during corruption probe

Gary Jones in July 2019 in Detroit. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

United Auto Workers President Gary Jones will begin a leave of absence on Sunday in the midst of a federal corruption probe, CNBC reports.

The backdrop: Twelve people have been charged in the ongoing investigation as of this week, per CNBC. UAW and General Motors approved a four-year labor contract on Oct. 25, ending the first U.S. auto strike in 12 years. Five days later, the union reached a tentative agreement with Ford Motor Company, as well.

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