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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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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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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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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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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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