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Graduate Student Strike: How to Support HGSU-UAW Workers

Graduate Student Strike: How to Support HGSU-UAW Workers


The Harvard Graduate Student Union (HGSU-UAW), which represents approximately 5,000 graduate student workers on the Harvard campus, has been engaged in contract negotiations with Harvard administrators since October 2018. Unfortunately, Harvard and HGSU-UAW negotiators have not yet been able to reach agreement. As a result, on October 25, 2019, HGSU-UAW members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. Following that vote, graduate student negotiators indicated that if the parties fail to reach an agreement by Tuesday, December 3, 2019, HGSU graduate student workers across Harvard will go on strike.…

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Working from Home When It Snows

Working from Home When It Snows


Sometimes members will reach out to the HUCTW office because they’ve heard from a supervisor that HUCTW staff aren’t allowed to work from home when it snows, or as part of a flexible schedule. When a supervisor makes a statement like this, it is probably because they are unfamiliar with Harvard-HUCTW contract language on flexible schedules and inclement weather. This contract language makes it clear that flexible schedule requests from HUCTW members can’t be “unreasonably denied,” including requests to work from home on a one-off basis, or as part of an ongoing flexible schedule. …

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Update on 2020 Health Insurance Changes

Update on 2020 Health Insurance Changes


In preparation for the 2020 Benefits Open Enrollment period (October 23 – November 6, 2019), Harvard Human Resources has mailed a postcard to all University employees previewing two new health benefit changes for 2020. HUCTW leaders are writing the following note in order to explain the changes in more detail, describe our Union’s role in discussions around the changes, and offer reassurance that the changes should not have significant impact on Union members. There are two changes discussed in the letter – the first one applies to HUCTW members and the second one does not apply to HUCTW members.…

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Home Emergency Loan

Home Emergency Loan


As temperatures drop this winter, we want to remind you that HUCTW offers a 0% interest Home Emergency Loan through the Harvard University Employee Credit Union for union members. If you experience broken/frozen pipes or damaged heating units, appliances, or other vital utilities, you may be eligible for this loan of up to $2500 at 0% interest. HUCTW & HUECU also offer 0% interest loans for those moving to new rented or purchased homes.…

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Your 2019 Salary Increase

Your 2019 Salary Increase


We want to remind you that the next pay raise for HUCTW members will be delivered on October 1, 2019. You need to have been on the payroll for a full year as of October 1, 2019 to be eligible for the full 2019 raise. The average member (which is someone who earns approximately $60,000 and has more than one year of service) will receive about a 3.5% salary increase to their base pay. You can use a downloadable (Excel) salary calculator below to determine your estimated salary increase for 2019. Members with less than a year of service will receive pro-rated increases of 1% or 2%, depending on their months of service.…

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HUCTW Election: December 10

HUCTW Election: December 10


The HUCTW election for HUCTW Officers, Union Executive Board Positions, and Local Union Representatives will take place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at numerous voting locations across Harvard. You need to be an HUCTW member in order to vote and and you must bring a photo ID. You can vote at any ballot location. If you have not yet signed a membership card, you may do so at any time, including at the polls on December 10th.…

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HUCTW-HUECU Financial Wellness Series

HUCTW-HUECU Financial Wellness Series


In partnership with HUCTW, Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU) is hosting a series of financial wellness workshops for HUCTW members on a variety of practical financial topics throughout the year. Workshops will be held in both Cambridge and Longwood. Next in our series of in-person/webinar workshops is “Building Your Budget," focusing on the finances of home ownership  Come with your questions, and learn more about strategies to plan for a down payment, closing costs, and moving expenses. Sign up on the following page. You can participate in-person (in Longwood or Cambridge) or online. …

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TAP Tax Reimbursement Deadline: Friday, October 4

TAP Tax Reimbursement Deadline: Friday, October 4


This is a final reminder about the deadline for the Transitional TAP Fund (TTF) application, which is this Friday, October 4. Harvard created the Transitional TAP Fund (TTF) in order to reimburse you 100% for any taxes you owe on Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits for the fall 2019 semester. You must complete and submit the two forms listed on the following webpage by October 4 in order to receive the tax reimbursement. …

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Updates on Harvard’s New Tax on Tuition Benefits

Updates on Harvard’s New Tax on Tuition Benefits


If you submitted a TAP for with your supervisor's signature and if you still had tax withheld in your 9/27/2019 paycheck, Harvard indicates that they will repay you for the tax that was withheld by the next paycheck (10/11/2019) and you will not have any more tax withheld in future paychecks. Additionally, if you are taking Harvard classes that are NOT job related this semester (or if you did not submit a TAP form), Harvard will pay 100% the tax you owe on your TAP benefits if you fill out two required forms.…

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Tuition Assistance Deadlines: Sept 11 & Oct 4

Tuition Assistance Deadlines: Sept 11 & Oct 4


We want to make you aware of two upcoming deadlines (Sept 11 and Oct 1) for those of you who are using the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) during the fall 2019 semester. As you may recall from an earlier email we sent, Harvard is now withholding tax for graduate-level tuition benefits that meet certain criteria. If you are taking a Harvard class during the fall 2019 semester, please read this entire message as it lists two different ways to for you to avoid owing tax on your TAP benefits this semester.…

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