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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 is titled “Preparing to Retire,” where our HUECU expert will discuss topics such as: what happens when you retire and projecting/saving for expenses. You can participate in-person or online. Sign up below or through the HUECU website.You can participate in-person (in Longwood or Cambridge) or online. …

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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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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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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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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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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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