• 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.
  • 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.
  • Recognition
    If you've taken on on additional work beyond your original job description, you may want to explore options for recognition, including extra compensation or a job reclassification.
  • 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.
  • 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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Graduate Student Strike: How to Support HGSU-UAW Workers

Graduate Student Strike: How to Support HGSU-UAW Workers


The Harvard Graduate Student Union (HGSU-UAW), which represents approximately 5,000 graduate student workers on the Harvard campus, has been engaged in contract negotiations with Harvard administrators since October 2018. Unfortunately, Harvard and HGSU-UAW negotiators have not yet been able to reach agreement. As a result, on October 25, 2019, HGSU-UAW members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. Following that vote, graduate student negotiators indicated that if the parties fail to reach an agreement by Tuesday, December 3, 2019, HGSU graduate student workers across Harvard will go on strike.

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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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Update on 2020 Health Insurance Changes

Update on 2020 Health Insurance Changes


In preparation for the 2020 Benefits Open Enrollment period (October 23 – November 6, 2019), Harvard Human Resources has mailed a postcard to all University employees previewing two new health benefit changes for 2020. HUCTW leaders are writing the following note in order to explain the changes in more detail, describe our Union’s role in discussions around the changes, and offer reassurance that the changes should not have significant impact on Union members. There are two changes discussed in the letter – the first one applies to HUCTW members and the second one does not apply to HUCTW members.

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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 $2500 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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