- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2015

A group of Harvard University graduate students are in the early stages of forming a union, The Harvard Crimson reported Monday.

Aaron T. Bekemeyer and Elaine F. Stranahan, graduate students involved in the unionization effort, argued that a union could empower graduate students in negotiations with Harvard. They wouldn’t disclose to The Crimson how many members were involved in the movement but boasted members from all three divisions of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

“We are interested in making the University a better place for grad students to do the best research and teaching that they can do,” Mr. Bekemeyer told The Crimson.

Organizers of the effort told The Crimson that they’d be focused on number of issues, including health care, housing and family concerns, and the experience of teaching fellows.

The students join peers at Yale in organizing to unionize. Students at Columbia University also tried to unionize, but the school has so far refused to recognize them. Those students have since brought their case to the National Labor Relations Board, which has not yet announced a decision, The Crimson reported.

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