Reprinted from The Harvard Crimson by Brandon Dixon on October 8, 2016.
Harvard dining services workers’ historic strike will continue into the weekend and additional dining halls will close for the time being, according to emails sent from Faculty Deans and University Dining services.
“I have just received an update from HUDS indicating that the work stoppage seems likely to continue into tomorrow and perhaps a couple of days longer, while negotiations continue,” wrote Pforzheimer Faculty Dean Anne Harrington, who is also a History of Science professor, Friday afternoon.
As workers picketed across Harvard’s campuses on the third day of their strike, representatives from their Boston-based union UNITE HERE Local 26 continued contract talks with the University’s negotiation team. Friday’s session marks the 21st time the two sides have formally come together to bargain since mid-June, when contract negotiations began; they last met Thursday. The prolonged dispute centers on the workers’ wages and health benefits. …