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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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Our 2022 Contract Negotiations

Our 2022 Contract Negotiations


Our current Agreement with Harvard has a one-year term and is set to expire on September 30, 2022. This means we need to begin planning our next round of contract negotiations with the University now in order to have a new Agreement in place by October 1. Negotiating a contract that will determine our salary increases, enhancements in programs and benefits, and other key policies for the next several years is an exciting prospect, but it is also a challenging one that will require significant participation from HUCTW members to achieve the best contract possible. …

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Support Our Sister Union: HUSPMGU

Support Our Sister Union: HUSPMGU


Please sign our petition to support economic fairness and HUCTW inclusion for museum and parking staff in our sister union, HUSPMGU! HUSPMGU represents about 80 members who work as Harvard museum and parking attendants. They work alongside HUCTW members everyday, and yet their pay and benefits are substandard. For 5+ years HUSPMGU has actively sought to become part of HUCTW in order to bolster their pay, benefits, and bargaining strength. Harvard administrators have repeatedly resisted proposed plans for a merger and the situation is growing serious. …

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HUCTW Negotiations Survey Is Still Open

HUCTW Negotiations Survey Is Still Open


Please take 15 minutes to fill out the 2022 HUCTW Negotiations Survey. This survey is a critical tool in our upcoming negotiations with Harvard for our pay increases, benefits, other important policies. The survey helps HUCTW negotiators determine which ideas and concerns should be priorities during the talks. It also provides us with crucial anonymous data and stories about members' work and life situations that we can use during negotiations to illustrate your key issues and concerns. …

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2022 Negotiating Team Election Results

2022 Negotiating Team Election Results


The 2022 Election for Regional Negotiating Team Representatives took March 8 – 9, 2022. There were four contested races: (1) in the FAS Arts Region, (2) in the FAS Sciences Region, (3) in the Medical Region, and (4) in the Professional Region of the campus. There was no contested race in the Central Region. HUCTW members voted online, via a unique access link sent to each member by email, which opened an electronic ballot. This unique access link was randomly generated by the third-party vendor, ElectionBuddy.…

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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. 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. HUCTW organizers can also help you!…

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HUCTW Election: March 8-9

HUCTW Election: March 8-9


The 2022 Negotiating Team Election will take place March 8 and March 9, 2022. One representative from each of the five regions of the campus will be elected to take part in the 2022 HUCTW Negotiations. HUCTW members will vote online, via a unique access link sent to each member by email on March 8, which will open an electronic ballot. This unique access link will be randomly generated and sent to you by ElectionBuddy (a third-party vendor that specializes in the management of union elections), allowing you to vote safely and anonymously.…

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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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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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Reimbursement Program Deadline: March 31

Reimbursement Program Deadline: March 31


March 31, 2022 is an important deadline for three reimbursement programs open to HUCTW members: (1) Healthcare Copay Reimbursement, which helps HUCTW members with their annual medical copayment costs if they reach above certain amounts (2) Childcare & Healthcare FSA Reimbursements, which allows staff to set aside money from their paychecks pre-tax in order to pay for childcare expenses or healthcare expenses. (3) Fitness Reimbursement, where our healthcare insurers (HUGHP and BCBSMA) will reimburse members for up to $150 in qualifying fitness and weight loss expeneses.…

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