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Letter to the Harvard Presidential Search Committee

Letter to the Harvard Presidential Search Committee


The following letter was sent to the Harvard Presidential Search Committee by the HUCTW Executive Board and Staff on October 10, 2017. HUCTW members and leaders are proud of what has been accomplished over three presidencies, working with University leaders to make Harvard a great place to work. We ask the Presidential Search Committee to envision an era of University leadership that further builds on our shared commitments to inclusiveness, collaboration, transparency, and respect, so that together we can thoughtfully navigate future challenges and build a stronger, more united Harvard.…

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When Is My Next HUCTW Raise?

When Is My Next HUCTW Raise?


The next pay raise for HUCTW members will be delivered on October 1, 2017. You need to have been on the payroll for a full year as of October 1, 2017 to be eligible for the full 2017 raise. The average member (who earns $56,000 and has more than one year of service) will receive a 3.4% salary increase to their base pay. You can use our downloadable (Excel) salary calculator below to determine your exact raise for 2017.…

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Why Am I In a “Clerical and Technical” Union?

Why Am I In a “Clerical and Technical” Union?


Our Union's name speaks to our origins: most of the members who founded HUCTW were lab assistants, library assistants, and secretaries. But over time HUCTW has expanded to include hundreds of unique jobs! Our members are coordinators who travel the world running Harvard's executive ed programs, they are botanists who care for rare plants in Harvard's woodlands and gardens, and they are grant managers who facilitate Harvard's scientific research, just to name a few! These jobs don't necessarily fit within the constraints of “clerical and technical”, but many unions grow over time. …

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Negotiating a Flexible Schedule

Negotiating a Flexible Schedule


Many HUCTW staff members across Harvard negotiate flexible work arrangements with their supervisors. This is supported by the Harvard-HUCTW contract. On the following page, you will find our contract language on flexibility in the workplace, including examples of flex schedules at Harvard. You'll also find the language on unpaid meal time (which some members use to create a flexible schedule). HUCTW organizers are happy to help you strategize about how to discuss flexible schedule arrangements with your supervisor.…

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Overtime: Cash or Comp Time?

Overtime: Cash or Comp Time?


If you’ve worked overtime before, you probably know that overtime pay is calculated differently depending on whether the total number of hours you work in a week is under or over 40 hours. What you might not know is that any overtime hours you work up to 40 hours in a week can either be paid to you as cash or as time off ("comp time"). You can’t be required to take the pay as comp time -- that choice always rests with you -- and this is laid out in the HUCTW contract. Learn more about this policy, and about how overtime works in general, on the following page.…

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Discounted Pet Insurance for Union Members

Discounted Pet Insurance for Union Members


As an HUCTW member you are eligible for discounted pet insurance through our parent union, AFSCME. AFSCME Advantage Pet Services offer two money-saving programs: (1) Pet Insurance and (2) Pet Savings. The programs are available to all dues-paying union members, retired members, and their families. The AFSCME Advantage Pet Savings program is designed to provide savings for all veterinary services, including routine care and coverage for all animals. AFSCME Advantage Pet Insurance program offers comprehensive accident and illness coverage.…

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Childcare Fund Application Deadline Extended

Childcare Fund Application Deadline Extended


The deadline for the 2018 HUCTW Childcare Fellowship application has been extended to Friday, October 6, 2017. Harvard and HUCTW created the Fellowship to support working families. The 2018 Fellowship helps members with childcare costs incurred between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Your award is determined based on your household income and the cost of your care, and it will cover a portion of the childcare costs. All eligible applicants who apply on time will receive an award. …

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Asking for Compensation for Extra Work

Asking for Compensation for Extra Work


During the course your job at Harvard, you may wind up taking 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. Perhaps you are filling in for a colleague or supervisor who is out of the office or has left Harvard. 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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Interest-Free Housing Loans

Interest-Free Housing Loans


Thinking of renting or buying a new home this summer? HUCTW and Harvard University Employee Credit Union (HUECU) offer members three types of 0% interest loans to help members with costs of (1) first and last month's rent or moving into a new rental home, (2) moving into a new purchased home, or (3) home owner emergencies. Check out the HUCTW Home Loan Program application page to download the loan affidavits and guidelines for all three loan programs.…

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Union Night at Fenway Park

Union Night at Fenway Park


The Red Sox Corporation invites HUCTW members to participate in its annual nod to Boston area unions: Union Night at Fenway Park, to be held on Labor Day evening, Monday, September 4, at 7:10 PM. This special offer waives part of the fees associated with purchasing Red Sox tickets, and offers a fun night of baseball with other union members and supporters from across the State. Purchase tickets here.…

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