• Your Benefits
    March 31, 2021 is a key deadline for three benefit programs, including copayment reimbursement, FSA reimbursement, & fitness reimbursement. This year the FSA deadline has been extended to allow more flexibility.
  • COVID-19 News
    We want to update you about a policy change Harvard announced in late fall around the use of “Emergency Excused Absence” pay.
  • Election Results
    View the list of winners in the two contested races in the most recent HUCTW Election. Voting took place by mail-in ballot in January & February 2021 and votes were counted on Tuesday, February 16.
  • Your Benefits
    Two important deadlines for those using the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to take Harvard classes in spring 2021. Meeting these deadlines may help you save money in taxes this semester.
  • COVID-19 News
    Updates on HUCTW’s discussions with Harvard leaders about protecting members & protecting jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HUCTW Solidarity

Black Lives Matter

HUCTW stands in solidarity with protesters in the urgent fight for racial justice, equality, and human rights. As human beings, and as advocates for economic and social justice, we must commit to the eradication of racism in our communities, our country, and the wider world.

News & Events

Upcoming Reimbursement Deadlines

Upcoming Reimbursement Deadlines


March 31, 2021 is typically an important deadline for three reimbursement programs open to HUCTW members: (1) Copay Reimbursement (2) Fitness Reimbursement (3) Dependent Care & Healthcare FSA Reimbursements. These programs assist with expenses incurred during the 2020 calendar year. Please see more details on each program on the following page, including an extended deadline for FSA reimbursements (beyond March 31, 2021).

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Important TAP Deadlines: February 14 & March 15

Important TAP Deadlines: February 14 & March 15


We are reaching out to remind you of two important upcoming deadlines (February 14 and March 15) for those of you who are using the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for Harvard classes during the spring 2021 semester (including the January term).  As you may know, Harvard is now withholding tax for graduate-level tuition benefits that meet certain criteria. This tax can add up to a substantial amount of money withheld from your paycheck, so if you are taking a Harvard class for graduate credit this semester, it is important that you read this entire message. 

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Excused Absence Policy

Excused Absence Policy


We want to update you about a policy change Harvard announced on November 12 around the use of “Emergency Excused Absence” pay. It has become clear that some members didn’t receive the initial email from Harvard announcing the change. This policy change pertains to those entering “Excused Absence” time with the absence reason “COVID-19” in PeopleSoft because they are unable to work some or all of their regularly scheduled hours due to pandemic-related campus restrictions.

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For Members Working Outside Massachusetts

For Members Working Outside Massachusetts


We want to update you on some positive developments for HUCTW members who are working remotely outside of Massachusetts due to COVID-19 campus and state restrictions. As you know, the majority of HUCTW members have been working remotely (teleworking) during the pandemic. Some of you are working outside of Massachusetts because your homes are outside of Massachusetts, or because you are temporarily living with family or friends in other states, or for other reasons.

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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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