On October 14, 11 people were arrested for blocking traffic during a protest of the labor negotiations between Harvard and its dining services workers. According to the Harvard Crimson, the protesters were sitting on the intersection of JFK Street and Massachusetts Avenue as over 100 other people chanted with signs in support of the workers' union.
According to CPD Deputy Superintendent Steven DeMarco, those arrested were charged with disorderly conduct and put on bail for $25 to $40. Two of those arrested were members of the Boston-based union representing Harvard dining workers.
The same day, a joint reunion for three alumni classes being held at the Science Center was interrupted by supporters of the strike, the Crimson reported. The protests in Harvard Square and the Science Center occurred at the same time, and after police made arrests in Harvard Square, the protesters joined together on the Science Center Plaza.
These demonstrations were part of a nearly two-week long strike of Harvard's dining service workers. The walkout began after a failed attempt with the University to create a new contract with improved wages and health benefits.