Harvard Grad Assistants End Strike With No Contract

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Graduate student assistants at Harvard University ended a 29-day strike last week, without having reached a first union contract agreement with their administration. The student workers, who are affiliated with the United Auto Workers, went on strike in early December after spending more than a year trying to negotiate their first deal. 

They were seeking what they described as fair pay, comprehensive health care and protections from harassment and discrimination. Harvard said at the time that it had proposed generous terms in each of those areas, but that it could not meet the union’s precise demands. USA Today reportedthat the union and Harvard have agreed to let federal mediators assist in negotiations.