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Tuition Assistance Deadline Extension: April 24

Tuition Assistance Deadline Extension: April 24


The deadline to apply for reimbursement of your TAP tax has been extended to Friday, April 24. If your course is not job-related or if you are not able to get your supervisor’s signature on your TAP form, you can apply for 80% reimbursement of any tax you owe on Harvard courses for this 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 spring semester, please read this entire message as it lists two different ways for you to avoid owing most or all tax on your TAP benefits this semester.…

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March 31 Deadline for Reimbursement Programs

March 31 Deadline for Reimbursement Programs


March 31, 2020 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 Harvard Pilgrim) will reimburse members for up to $150 in membership fees for qualifying health clubs and gyms. …

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HUCTW’s Top 10 Accomplishments of the Decade

HUCTW’s Top 10 Accomplishments of the Decade


We hope 2020 is off to a great start for you! As we enter a new decade, we thought it would be a good opportunity to look back at some of our Union’s achievements over the previous ten years, including gains in: our health insurance coverage, flexible schedules and working from home, pay raises, reducing the use of the unbenefited workers, funds to support members lives outside of work, protections for term positions, increasing the size of our union, enhancing our 0% interest loan programs, and helping members every day improve their working lives.…

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Help for Staff with Immigration Concerns

Help for Staff with Immigration Concerns


The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) offers free legal representation and social service support to members of the Harvard community with immigration concerns. HIRC services are available to all the undocumented/DACAmented members of the community and those who are concerned about falling out of legal status. HIRC legal representation includes assistance with filing immigration applications, representing clients before USCIS in Immigration Court, and beyond.…

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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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HUCTW Election Results

HUCTW Election Results


HUCTW held an election on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 for union leadership and union representative roles. You can find the winners of the contested races on the following page. The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers conducts regular elections to fill its leadership positions. These elections are subject to standards and regulations of the HUCTW’s own constitution; of our parent Union AFSCME; and of the AFL-CIO. An annual HUCTW election is generally held on a Tuesday in early December.…

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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 $3000 at 0% interest. HUCTW & HUECU also offer 0% interest loans for those moving to new rented or purchased homes.…

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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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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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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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