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Negotiations Update

Negotiations Update


HUCTW negotiators are writing today to give you an important update on our 2021 contract negotiations with Harvard. Our current agreement expires on September 30, 2021, and Union leaders have been in negotiations with University representatives every week since May to reach agreement on a new contract. Negotiations are progressing well, and with more intensive meetings scheduled in the next few weeks, we hope to be able to share news of a tentative resolution with you soon. At that time, Union negotiators will send out a detailed summary of the tentative agreement and HUCTW members will be asked to vote yes or no on ratifying the agreement.…

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Childcare Fund Deadline: October 12, 2021

Childcare Fund Deadline: October 12, 2021


The HUCTW Childcare Fellowship need-based fund that helps HUCTW members with the costs of childcare incurred during the calendar year. The 2022 Fellowship helps with childcare costs incurred between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. The awards are determined based on your household income and the cost of your care. The deadline for the 2022 Childcare Fund is October 12, 2021. Apply on our website.…

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Asking for Compensation for Extra Work

Asking for Compensation for Extra Work


During the or before the pandemic, you may have taken on additional work beyond your original job description. If your workload or your level of responsibility has grown substantially, you may want to explore options for recognition, including extra compensation or a job reclassification. Maybe your job has evolved over time, or your supervisor has asked you to take on additional duties. Or perhaps you are filling in for a colleague or supervisor who has retired or left their job. Our contract describes a number of ways that a member can be compensated for extra work, depending on his/her situation.…

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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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Important TAP Deadline: July 16

Important TAP Deadline: July 16


We want to remind you of an important upcoming deadlines (July 16) for those of you who are using the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for Harvard graduate-level classes during the summer 2021 semester.  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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Education Fund Deadline: June 10

Education Fund Deadline: June 10


The Education Fund is an HUCTW-Harvard negotiated program that helps with the cost of courses not eligible for reimbursement TRP and TAP. Courses and programs eligible for the Education Fund include things such as test prep courses, conferences and seminars, and continuing education classes at non-accredited institutions. The Education Fund will also help with the costs of non-Harvard courses eligible for TRP if you have used up your entire $5,250 annual TRP reimbursement maximum.…

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Sexual Harassment Policy Concerns

Sexual Harassment Policy Concerns


Learn about the ongoing dispute between HUCTW leaders and Harvard administrators regarding the University’s refusal to abide by our longstanding contractual agreement around the review and resolution of sexual harassment complaints in the workplace. In 1989, Harvard and HUCTW agreed to a formal problem-resolution process to address Union members’ complaints of sexual harassment at Harvard. However, recently, when HUCTW members have brought forward complaints of harassment to HUCTW— requesting our contractual process — University administrators have refused to engage in the required meetings. …

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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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