• Harvard Benefits
    The University will now be withholding tax for Harvard staff tuition benefits that meet certain criteria. HUCTW is very concerned about this change. We are working with the University to understand the change and mitigate its effects on members.
  • HUCTW Negotiations
    HUCTW members will receive their next salary increase on October 1, 2019. Use our salary increase calculator to figure out your particular increase.
  • HUCTW Benefits
    This fund helps union members with the costs of supplemental academic activities, like tutoring and summer school, for their children.
  • HUCTW Update
    What's happening with our new contingent work policy? So far, 78 long-time unbenefited contingent jobs have been converted to benefited HUCTW jobs!
  • HUCTW Benefits
    HUCTW and Harvard University Employee Credit Union (HUECU) offer three types of 0% interest loans to help members with costs of (1) renting or moving into a new home, (2) moving into a purchased home, or (3) home owner emergencies.

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Tax Change to Harvard Tuition Benefits

Tax Change to Harvard Tuition Benefits


HUCTW members who use Harvard tuition benefit programs recently received a message from the Harvard Benefits Office indicating that in order to ensure compliance with current IRS standards and practices, the University will begin withholding tax on tuition assistance benefits for classes that meet certain criteria. HUCTW is very concerned about this change and we are working hard to better understand its tax implications for members. We have begun working with Harvard administrators to find ways to minimize the impact and identify potential long term solutions.

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Your 2019 Salary Increase

Your 2019 Salary Increase


As July marks the beginning of a new fiscal year at Harvard, we wanted to remind you that the next pay raise for HUCTW members will be delivered on October 1, 2019. You need to have been on the payroll for a full year as of October 1, 2019 to be eligible for the full 2019 raise. The average member (which is someone who earns approximately $60,000 and has more than one year of service) will receive about a 3.5% salary increase to their base pay. You can use a downloadable (Excel) salary calculator below to determine your estimated salary increase for 2019. Members with less than a year of service will receive pro-rated increases of 1% or 2%, depending on their months of service.

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Update on HUCTW’s Contingent Work Policy

Update on HUCTW’s Contingent Work Policy


This communication is meant to provide an update on the implementation of the new Harvard-HUCTW policy limiting the use of Temps and less-than-half-time workers (LHTs), which took effect in March. More important, this letter discusses the reasons behind the new policies and how they benefit the members of our community. The intent of the new rules is to ensure that unbenefited employment categories are used only for truly short-term projects, or for tasks that require very minimal weekly hours. Essentially, the revised policy aims to make certain that staff doing regular jobs on a regular basis have the benefits and protections of regular Harvard employment.

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Need Help Taking a Time Away?

Need Help Taking a Time Away?


Everyone needs and deserves time away from work to relax and recharge. Regular vacations make for healthier, happier employees and a more productive workplace. Sometimes members tell us they feel pressure from their supervisor(s), colleagues, or even themselves, not to take time away from work for vacation. Others have indicated that it feels like their vacation requests are regularly denied. An HUCTW organizer can help you navigate these types of situations with your supervisor or colleagues.

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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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