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Need Help Taking a Time Away?

Need Help Taking a Time Away?


Everyone needs and deserves time away from work to relax and recharge. Regular vacations make for healthier, happier employees and a more productive workplace. Sometimes members tell us they feel pressure from their supervisor(s), colleagues, or even themselves, not to take time away from work for vacation. Others have indicated that it feels like their vacation requests are regularly denied. An HUCTW organizer can help you navigate these types of situations with your supervisor or colleagues.…

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HUECU Financial Wellness Workshop Series

HUECU Financial Wellness Workshop Series


This popular series is back! In partnership with HUCTW, Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU) will host a series of Financial Wellness Workshops for HUCTW members on a variety of financial topics throughout the year. Workshops will be held in both Cambridge and Longwood, and more workshops will be added later for the summer and fall. Check out the initial spring offerings on the following page! …

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HUCTW Update: 2018 Contract Negotiations

HUCTW Update: 2018 Contract Negotiations


The start of 2018 also marks the start of a new round of contract negotiations between Harvard and HUCTW! As most of you know, these important negotiations determine our salary increases, any benefit changes, and other key policies and programs for the next several years. Our current contract with Harvard expires on September 30, 2018, so now is the time to start planning for a new round of talks.…

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HUCTW Special Election Results

HUCTW Special Election Results


The HUCTW special election for Regional Representatives to the Negotiating Team took place on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018. There were three contested races and two uncontested races. Please visit the following page to see the results. Thank you to all candidates and voters!…

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Asking for Compensation for Extra Work

Asking for Compensation for Extra Work


During the course your job at Harvard, you may wind up taking on additional work beyond your original job description. If your workload or your level of responsibility has grown substantially, you may want to explore options for recognition, including extra compensation or a job reclassification. Maybe your job has evolved over time, or your supervisor has asked you to take on additional duties. Perhaps you are filling in for a colleague or supervisor who is out of the office or has left Harvard. Our contract describes a number of ways that a member can be compensated for extra work, depending on his/her situation.…

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Negotiating Additional Raises

Negotiating Additional Raises


The Harvard-HUCTW contract allows members to negotiate additional salary increases, outside of the annual HUCTW raises. The contract indicates that additional raises can be granted to HUCTW members at anytime. If you'd like to strategize about how to approach this conversation with your supervisor, please reach out to an HUCTW organizer or write to huctw.info@huctw.org.…

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HUCTW Negotiations Survey Still Open

HUCTW Negotiations Survey Still Open


The HUCTW Negotiations Survey is still open – please take a few minutes to fill it out if you haven’t done so already! It's a critical tool in our upcoming negotiations with Harvard for salary increases, benefit enhancements, and other key policies. The survey helps HUCTW negotiators determine what 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 the key issues. It only takes about 10 - 15 minutes to complete.…

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Why Am I In a “Clerical and Technical” Union?

Why Am I In a “Clerical and Technical” Union?


Our Union's name speaks to our origins: most of the members who founded HUCTW were lab assistants, library assistants, and secretaries. But over time HUCTW has expanded to include hundreds of unique jobs! Our members are coordinators who travel the world running Harvard's executive ed programs, they are gardeners and arborists who care for rare plants in Harvard’s woodlands and gardens, and they are grant managers who facilitate Harvard's scientific research, just to name a few! These jobs don't necessarily fit within the constraints of “clerical and technical”, but many unions grow over time. …

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Important Deadline: March 31

Important Deadline: March 31


March 31, 2018 is an important deadline for four reimbursement programs that you may not know about. Please see details below: 2017 Healthcare Copayment Reimbursement Program, Deadline: March 31, 2018 The HUCTW Copayment Reimbursement Program helps HUCTW members with their annual medical copayment costs if they reach above certain amounts. If you or your family…

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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 want to consider applying for this loan -- up to $2500 with no interest.…

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