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Transportation Fund Deadline: July 15

Transportation Fund Deadline: July 15


Do you take the commuter rail from Zone 5 or above or pay to park in the Longwood Medical Area? If so, you may be eligible for a partial reimbursement from the HUCTW Transportation Fund. In January and July of each year, we accept applications for partial reimbursement of unusually high commuting costs from the past six months (January – June 2019). Eligible costs include non-subsidized spending on MBTA Commuter Rail Passes 5 and higher; private bus and train lines; remote MBTA Station commuter parking; and monthly parking in the Longwood Medical Area . To qualify for the Fund, your out-of-pocket eligible expenses must amount to $145.00 per month or more. Deadline: Monday, July 15.…

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Harvard Informational Interviews: June 20

Harvard Informational Interviews: June 20


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 through June of 2019. The last round of interviews for this academic year is happening on June 20, 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. You must sign up in advance (ideally two weeks ahead of the date you would like a meeting) for these one-on-one discussions by submitting a brief questionnaire to the local HR office that you wish to meet with directly. …

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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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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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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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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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