• Important Updates
    Find out about the timing of our 2021 HUCTW salary increase & bonus, as well instructions and deadlines for using the new COVID Sick Days and the TAP Tax Reimbursement Program.
  • Deadline: December 3
    The application is now open for HUCTW's new TAP Tax Reimbursement Program! HUCTW negotiated the new program in order to help our members recoup a significant portion of the taxes they've paid on graduate-level Tuition Assistance benefits at Harvard.
  • November 11, 2021
    The new one-year Harvard-HUCTW contract has been ratified, with 81% of members who took part voting YES to ratify! The final vote tally is 2583 ‘yes’ votes and 604 ‘no’ votes.
  • 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.
  • Employment Status
    There are some positive updates for HUCTW members who are working remotely outside of Massachusetts due to COVID-19 campus and state restrictions.

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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

Negotiating Remote Work Arrangements Long Term

Negotiating Remote Work Arrangements Long Term


Over the last 10 months, many HUCTW members discovered the benefits of remote work, including increased productivity, better work/life balance, and less time commuting. Reports from members indicate that many HUCTW staff have had success negotiating for long term work-from-home arrangements. But some departments and managers are still resistant to remote proposals or only allow flexibility within narrow constraints. Harvard and HUCTW have longstanding contract language that supports remote work and flex schedule arrangements and may be useful in your negotiations with your supervisor.

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Salary Increase Timing & COVID Sick Day Usage

Salary Increase Timing & COVID Sick Day Usage


We want to update you on the timing of our 2021 HUCTW salary increase and bonus, as well as provide instructions and deadlines for two other new benefits that are part of our 2021 one-year contract, including (1) COVID sick days—which can be used for vaccine or booster shot recovery, COVID-19 recovery, and COVID-19 quarantine for you and any eligible family members—and (2) the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Tax Reimbursement Program to help members with the cost of taxes on non-job-related graduate-level Harvard classes.

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Extra Compensation for Extra Work

Extra Compensation for Extra Work


Many HUCTW members took on substantial additional work during the pandemic, covering for coworkers who left Harvard whose positions were never filled. Union members who take on substantial additional work on top of their regular job duties should be paid for that work, and our Harvard-HUCTW Contract contains longstanding language that supports this idea. HUCTW organizers know that it can be challenging for you initiate this kind of conversation with your manager, but we can help. All conversations are confidential.

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Tentative Agreement Reached

Tentative Agreement Reached


HUCTW negotiators are happy to announce that Harvard and HUCTW have reached a tentative agreement on a one-year contract, which will run from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.  Brief highlights of the agreement are outlined below and you can read a full Detailed Summary of the Tentative Agreement on our website. Negotiations for a new Agreement began in May 2021 and they were incredibly challenging amid the pandemic. Throughout the process, HUCTW leaders were committed to achieving the best possible outcome for members, while laying a strong foundation for future negotiations, which will begin early next year. 

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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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