Harvard’s graduate student union went on strike on the final day of fall classes in December 2019. Despite heavy snow, hundreds of picketers marched through Harvard Yard demanding a new contract with the University. Throughout the day, the number of picketers dwindled, from a few hundred to a few dozen. As the sun began to set, the protest moved to Emerson Hall, where a faculty meeting was taking place. There, union supporters joined forces with students demanding the creation of an Ethnic Studies department and continued to protest into the night. The graduate student union strike continued for more than four weeks, ending at 11:59 pm on December 31, despite no new contract being signed. The Crimson was a finalist for the New England Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' Best Use of Multimedia for coverage of the strike.