Without Contract, Harvard Grad Students End Strike

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Harvard's graduate student workers will go back to work in the New Year—but they still don't have a contract, despite a nearly month-long walkout.

The Harvard Graduate Student Union has accepted the university's offer to engage a federal mediator in hopes of resolving their differences, the Harvard Crimson reports.

Those differences remain significant, with the two sides as far apart on wages, healthcare, and complaints about sexual harassment and discrimination as they were when the student workers began their strike December 3.

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Harvard Graduate Students Go On Strike

Marked by picket lines and rallies in Harvard Yard, the strike drew plenty of attention—and garnered the support of politicians like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Katherine Clark.

The strike cost Harvard University $185,000 for Cambridge Police to patrol the strike-related events, according to the Crimson.

The two sides are set to meet with the third-party mediator next week

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin reports

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