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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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Reimbursement Deadline: March 31

Reimbursement Deadline: March 31


March 31, 2019 is an important deadline for four reimbursement programs for expenses incurred during the 2018 calendar year. These programs include: the Healthcare Copayment Reimbursement Program, the Flexible Spending Account Reimbursement Program, the Fitness Reimbursement Program, and the Bike Commuter Benefit Reimbursement Program. Please note that, if you are applying for the copayment reimbursement program, you may want to request the relevant supporting documentation from your insurer a month before the deadline to ensure it arrives on time. …

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Detailed Summary of New Contract

Detailed Summary of New Contract


On December 4, 2018, HUCTW members voted to ratify a new contract covering the period from December 5, 2018 to September 30, 2021. The following is a Detailed Summary of the 2018 - 2021 Agreement, which provides specific details of all agreed-upon changes. These changes will be incorporated into two books -- the HUCTW Personnel Manual and the HUCTW Agreement later in 2019. Other than the changes described in the following Detailed Summary, all policies and programs in the previous contract (2015-2018) will remain the same. …

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Contingent Work Policies: An Explainer

Contingent Work Policies: An Explainer


The new three-year Agreement between HUCTW and Harvard includes significant changes in policies governing the employment of contingent workers at the University. The following document, Regular Benefits for Regular Work: An “Explainer” About Contingent Work Policies from HUCTW (PDF), is meant to provide background information that will help Union members, managers, and friends in the community understand the issues under discussion, the scope of the problem, and the goals of the new policy framework. …

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Harvard-HUCTW Inclement Weather Policy

Harvard-HUCTW Inclement Weather Policy


Union members sometimes have to make challenging decisions about balancing work and safety concerns when planning their commutes during inclement weather. Please read the following inclement weather policy, as well as the contract language on flexible schedules and telecommuting, to aid you in making your travel decisions this winter.…

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Harvard Informational Interviews

Harvard Informational Interviews


In order to promote internal career growth and networking, all of Harvard's HR offices will be offering informational interviews on the third Thursday of January, February, and March of 2019. The following description from the Harvard HR website explains how the interviews work, how you can sign up, and what you should do to prepare.…

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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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Childcare Fund: Late Applications Accepted

Childcare Fund: Late Applications Accepted


The HUCTW Childcare Fellowship need-based fund that helps HUCTW members with the costs of childcare incurred during the calendar year. The 2019 Fellowship helps with childcare costs incurred between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. The awards are determined based on your household income, the cost of your care, and the total number of applicants in a given year. The official deadline for this calendar year in September 2018, but we keep a small pool of funds set aside for late applicants. Applications for the "late fund" are due March 1, 2019. Late awards may be smaller than if you had applied in September, but all eligible applicants will receive awards.…

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Unpaid Leaves of Absence

Unpaid Leaves of Absence


HUCTW members who want to take extended time away from work can use paid vacation time, but they can also arrange to take an unpaid leave of absence. Once you have passed your 90 day orientation and review period, you are eligible to take a short term unpaid personal leave of 30 - 90 days. Once you have worked at Harvard for five years, you can negotiate a long term leave of absence of 90 days - one year. The following page includes the HUCTW contract language on unpaid leaves, including short and long-term leaves.…

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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. The next workshop in the series is: "Dump Your Debt: Create customized repayment strategies to become debt-free and help you save money. Credit card debt and student loans will be discussed.”…

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