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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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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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Copayment Reimbursement Program

Copayment Reimbursement Program


This program was negotiated by Harvard and HUCTW to help HUCTW members with the costs of copayments for doctor’s visits, hospital visits, ER visits, and high tech imaging appointments (MRIs and CAT scans). You are eligible for this program if you are an HUCTW staff member enrolled in a Harvard health plan, and if your copayments in any of the areas listed below exceed the amounts (or “copayment caps”) listed for your salary range below.…

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Education Fund Deadline: January 25

Education Fund Deadline: January 25


The Education Fund is an HUCTW-Harvard negotiated program that helps with the cost of courses not eligible for reimbursement under the University’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Tuition Reimbursement Program (TRP). 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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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 31, 2019. Late awards may be smaller than if you had applied in September, but all eligible applicants will receive awards.…

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Salary Increase Calculator

Salary Increase Calculator


The Tentative Agreement for a new Harvard-HUCTW contract includes three years of salary increases. The Union has prepared a downloadable Excel Salary Increase Calculator so that you can calculate your salary increase for 2018. In order calculate your 2018 raise, you will need to fill in the four blue fields in at the top of the Calculator, indicating your current annual salary, salary grade, hours in your regular weekly schedule, and approximate length of service.…

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HUCTW Contract Ratification Vote & Annual Election

HUCTW Contract Ratification Vote & Annual Election


This year’s December Election will include a Ratification vote on our new proposed Harvard-HUCTW Contract, as well as an election for HUCTW Executive Board seats and HUCTW Representative seats! Our contracts are ratified by a simple majority vote. A detailed summary of the contract, as well as a salary increase calculator, can be found on the HUCTW website. The Notice of Election mailed to Members’ homes last month; a copy may be viewed on the following page.…

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Harvard & HUCTW Reach Tentative Agreement

Harvard & HUCTW Reach Tentative Agreement


HUCTW leaders are happy to announce that Union and University negotiators have reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract, covering the period between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2021. We have provided a brief summary of key aspects of the agreement below, and will send a full, detailed summary of all changes soon. Harvard and HUCTW have also released the following joint statement. There will be a ratification vote on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. A majority of the HUCTW members who participate in the vote must vote “Yes” for this tentative agreement to take effect on December 5, 2018.…

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Harvard-HUCTW Joint Statement on New Contract

Harvard-HUCTW Joint Statement on New Contract


We are pleased to announce that Harvard University and the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers have reached agreement on a new three-year union contract. The Tentative Agreement represents a commitment to fairness on the part of both parties and recognizes the important role HUCTW members play in the success of the Harvard community.…

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“Support Our Negotiations” Events

“Support Our Negotiations” Events


This week (from Oct 1 - Oct 4), HUCTW will be having 12 "Support Our Negotiations" events around campus. We'll have tables set up where you can sign a statement of support for our contract negotiations, pick up HUCTW buttons, stickers, posters (and chocolate!), learn more about what's happening in the talks, and take photos. We'll be at each location from 12:00 - 1:30 and we hope you and your coworkers can drop by for 5 or 10 minutes to show your support for negotiations!…

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