• HUCTW Benefits
    This Fund provides 50% reimbursement for one course per semester. Eligible courses include classes and workshops at non-accredited institutions. The Fund can also be used to supplement the Tuition Reimbursement Program (TRP).
  • Flexible Schedules
    HUCTW members can negotiate to work from home when it snows, and as part of an ongoing flex schedule. We have strong contract language to support many flexible scheduling options.
  • Benefits
    Harvard HR has mailed you information previewing two new health benefit changes for 2020. HUCTW leaders have written the following letter to explain the changes in more detail.
  • Union Election
    HUCTW held an election on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 for union leadership and union representative roles. Visit our elections page to see the outcome of contested races.
  • Benefits
    Confused about Harvard's new tax on Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits? The following page might help answer some of your questions!

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Tax on TAP: What Is “Job-Related”?

Tax on TAP: What Is “Job-Related”?


As we mentioned our email message from July, in order to ensure compliance with IRS policy, Harvard will begin withholding tax from your paycheck for any graduate-level tuition benefits (TAP/TRP) you receive from Harvard over $5250 per year for NON job-related classes. You may be able to avoid owing tax on your class up front, if you use Harvard's Graduate Credit TAP Form to make an argument that your course is job-related in the "Job-Relatedness Attestation" section of the form. The following page gives some examples and further explanation of how to apply the "job-relatedness" standard.

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Working from Home When It Snows

Working from Home When It Snows


Sometimes members will reach out to the HUCTW office because they’ve heard from a supervisor that HUCTW staff aren’t allowed to work from home when it snows, or as part of a flexible schedule. When a supervisor makes a statement like this, it is probably because they are unfamiliar with Harvard-HUCTW contract language on flexible schedules and inclement weather. This contract language makes it clear that flexible schedule requests from HUCTW members can’t be “unreasonably denied,” including requests to work from home on a one-off basis, or as part of an ongoing flexible schedule.

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HUCTW Election Results

HUCTW Election Results


HUCTW held an election on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 for union leadership and union representative roles. You can find the winners of the contested races on the following page. The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers conducts regular elections to fill its leadership positions. These elections are subject to standards and regulations of the HUCTW’s own constitution; of our parent Union AFSCME; and of the AFL-CIO. An annual HUCTW election is generally held on a Tuesday in early December.

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Home Emergency Loan

Home Emergency Loan


As temperatures drop this winter, we want to remind you that HUCTW offers a 0% interest Home Emergency Loan through the Harvard University Employee Credit Union for union members. If you experience broken/frozen pipes or damaged heating units, appliances, or other vital utilities, you may be eligible for this loan of up to $3000 at 0% interest. HUCTW & HUECU also offer 0% interest loans for those moving to new rented or purchased homes.

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25 Years of Solidarity

HUCTW is approximately five-thousand Harvard employees of diverse backgrounds, ages, talents, and opinions. Our work supports the teaching and research at Harvard, in libraries and museums, in labs, in offices, and out in the world. Some of us are on our way to graduate school; others of us are making our careers here. We are parents, artists, students, and more. Although we may hold different views and speak in many voices, we speak together as a Union for the things that matter to us: pay and benefits, and also flexibility, work-life balance, and self-determination in the workplace.

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