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Cambridge City Council Resolution Supporting HUCTW

Cambridge City Council Resolution Supporting HUCTW


In November, Cambridge City Council passed a resolution supporting HUCTW negotiations and our fight for a fair raise. The resolution was sponsored by Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Marc C. McGovern, and Councillor Burhan Azeem and was adopted unanimously by the Council. The Council has delivered a copy of the resolution to President Lawrence Bacow and Harvard’s Director of Government & Community Relations, Tom Lucey. The full text can be viewed on the Cambridge City Council website.…

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Negotiations Update: Stand-Outs and Mediation

Negotiations Update: Stand-Outs and Mediation


Thank you to the many hundreds of HUCTW members and friends who joined their coworkers in our fight for a fair raise at four HUCTW Stand-Outs on October 26 and November 1! The events were tremendous showing of HUCTW members' strength and solidarity across the campus!  Thanks to all who took part, and special thanks to Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Boston City Councilor Liz Breadon, and Cambridge City Council members Marc McGovern, Denise Simmons, Paul Toner, and Quinton Zondervan for coming out to support HUCTW members in our contract fight! …

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Stand Out to Support a Fair Contract

Stand Out to Support a Fair Contract


On October 26 & November 1, come stand together with your coworkers for a fair raise! HUCTW members work hard every day to help Harvard fulfill its mission, and yet the University’s raise proposals for members don’t keep up with the cost of living in the Boston area! Let’s stand together to let Harvard know that we need a strong contract, with raises that stay ahead of inflation! Join us at these important events! Make or download posters to bring to the events: huctw.org/posters, or grab one at the Stand-Outs! Tell Harvard what you're standing for! …

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Statement of Support Delivered to Harvard Leaders

Statement of Support Delivered to Harvard Leaders


On October 24, 2022, the HUCTW Officers and Executive Board sent the Statement of Support for a Fair Raise to 65 senior University leaders (including the deans of all 15 Harvard schools, the EVP, and other key decision-makers). The Statement was signed by more than 3,500 members of our union and more than 800 friends in Harvard the community. It was delivered to Harvard leaders along with a letter urging them to help move the University in the right direction on HUCTW salary negotiations. Check it out by clicking here.…

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Negotiations Update: Pay Challenges Continue

Negotiations Update: Pay Challenges Continue


Negotiations between HUCTW and management representatives on a new Agreement are continuing weekly. Our talks on the subject of pay increases continue to be very difficult and HUCTW negotiators are continuing to press management representatives on the importance of pay increases that keep pace with inflation. In a recent session, Union leaders highlighted three important pieces of new factual information for University leaders, which further support our arguments for meaningful raises that provide members with real protection from inflation:…

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HUCTW Visibility Events

HUCTW Visibility Events


Thank you to all HUCTW members and Harvard community friends for the fantastic turnout at HUCTW’s visibility events to support a strong pay raise program from Sept 19 – 29. More than 1,000 members (as well as friends from campus unions, non-union staff, students, and faculty!) came out to our visibility events across campus to let Harvard know we are united in our fight for strong contract with raises that allow us to keep up with inflation. Thank you for the fantastic turnout and showing up support! You can see many photos from the visibility events…

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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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Negotiations Update: Visibility

Negotiations Update: Visibility


HUCTW leaders have been in negotiations since late spring and we want to update you on what’s been happening at the negotiating table lately. Discussions have been progressing at a steady pace, however we anticipate challenges ahead, particularly in the area of pay increases. Our Union will need strong, broad-based, visible support from our members to help push through those challenges. We’ll be inviting you to take part in some visibility activities to support contract negotiations around campus soon, but in the meantime one easy way that you can show your support for HUCTW negotiations is by putting up HUCTW posters and Zoom backgrounds in your workspace.…

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HUSPMGU to Merge with HUCTW

HUSPMGU to Merge with HUCTW


You may recall that earlier this year HUCTW asked for your support in our efforts to bring members of the Harvard University Security, Parking, and Museum Guards Union (HUSPMGU) into our union. The negotiation process with the University around this goal was long and difficult, but we're extremely pleased to announce that we were able to reach an agreement with Harvard on the merger. In recent weeks the members of HUSPMGU voted and ratified that agreement to join HUCTW. This group of approximately 80 members has been striving to become HUCTW members for over six years and that goal will become a reality as of October 1 this year. …

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Negotiations Update: Inflation

Negotiations Update: Inflation


As our negotiations get started this month, one extremely important factor in the talks is our 40-year high inflation rates. With this in mind, the University and the Union asked Harvard economists, Jason Furman and Lawrence Katz, to share their insights and forecasts around price inflation, wage growth in the U.S., and the U.S. labor market in a presentation to HUCTW and Harvard negotiators and leaders earlier this month. Learn more about what to expect in the following letter.…

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