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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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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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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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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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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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Reporting Time if You Work Over Winter Break

Reporting Time if You Work Over Winter Break


This page provides instructions and time-reporting codes that will help you determine how to report your time if you work at Harvard over the holidays or the Winter Break. It also includes a PDF document that provides scenario-based examples that explain how HUCTW Time Reporters should record Floating Holiday Earned (FHE), Floating Holiday Taken (FHT), and Floating Holiday Payout (FHP) time types.…

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HUCTW Election: December 5

HUCTW Election: December 5


The HUCTW election for Union Executive Board Positions and Local Union Representatives will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at numerous voting locations across all Harvard campuses. You need to be an HUCTW member in order to vote and and you must bring a photo ID. You can vote at any ballot location. In order to run for HUCTW positions, and in order to vote, you must be a signed member of the Union. If you have not yet signed a membership card, you may do so at any time, including at the polls on December 5th. …

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HUGHP Health Care Premium Rebate

HUGHP Health Care Premium Rebate


As a part of our most recent contract negotiations, Harvard and HUCTW agreed to offer a two-month health care premium rebate for any Union member who switches into the Harvard University Group Health Plan (HUGHP) option during Open Enrollment from October 25-November 8, 2017. This message is intended to provide you with more information about that program, and to encourage you to attend an information session if you would like to learn more about HUGHP. …

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Letter to the Harvard Presidential Search Committee

Letter to the Harvard Presidential Search Committee


The following letter was sent to the Harvard Presidential Search Committee by the HUCTW Executive Board and Staff on October 10, 2017. HUCTW members and leaders are proud of what has been accomplished over three presidencies, working with University leaders to make Harvard a great place to work. We ask the Presidential Search Committee to envision an era of University leadership that further builds on our shared commitments to inclusiveness, collaboration, transparency, and respect, so that together we can thoughtfully navigate future challenges and build a stronger, more united Harvard.…

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When Is My Next HUCTW Raise?

When Is My Next HUCTW Raise?


The next pay raise for HUCTW members will be delivered on October 1, 2017. You need to have been on the payroll for a full year as of October 1, 2017 to be eligible for the full 2017 raise. The average member (who earns $56,000 and has more than one year of service) will receive a 3.4% salary increase to their base pay. You can use our downloadable (Excel) salary calculator below to determine your exact raise for 2017.…

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