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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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Childcare Fund: Late Applications Accepted

Childcare Fund: Late Applications Accepted


The HUCTW Childcare Fellowship need-based fund that helps HUCTW members with the costs of childcare incurred during the calendar year. The 2019 Fellowship helps with childcare costs incurred between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. The awards are determined based on your household income, the cost of your care, and the total number of applicants in a given year. The official deadline for this calendar year in September 2018, but we keep a small pool of funds set aside for late applicants. Applications for the "late fund" are due March 31, 2019. Late awards may be smaller than if you had applied in September, but all eligible applicants will receive awards.…

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Salary Increase Calculator

Salary Increase Calculator


The Tentative Agreement for a new Harvard-HUCTW contract includes three years of salary increases. The Union has prepared a downloadable Excel Salary Increase Calculator so that you can calculate your salary increase for 2018. In order calculate your 2018 raise, you will need to fill in the four blue fields in at the top of the Calculator, indicating your current annual salary, salary grade, hours in your regular weekly schedule, and approximate length of service.…

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HUCTW Contract Ratification Vote & Annual Election

HUCTW Contract Ratification Vote & Annual Election


This year’s December Election will include a Ratification vote on our new proposed Harvard-HUCTW Contract, as well as an election for HUCTW Executive Board seats and HUCTW Representative seats! Our contracts are ratified by a simple majority vote. A detailed summary of the contract, as well as a salary increase calculator, can be found on the HUCTW website. The Notice of Election mailed to Members’ homes last month; a copy may be viewed on the following page.…

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Harvard & HUCTW Reach Tentative Agreement

Harvard & HUCTW Reach Tentative Agreement


HUCTW leaders are happy to announce that Union and University negotiators have reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract, covering the period between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2021. We have provided a brief summary of key aspects of the agreement below, and will send a full, detailed summary of all changes soon. Harvard and HUCTW have also released the following joint statement. There will be a ratification vote on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. A majority of the HUCTW members who participate in the vote must vote “Yes” for this tentative agreement to take effect on December 5, 2018.…

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Harvard-HUCTW Joint Statement on New Contract

Harvard-HUCTW Joint Statement on New Contract


We are pleased to announce that Harvard University and the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers have reached agreement on a new three-year union contract. The Tentative Agreement represents a commitment to fairness on the part of both parties and recognizes the important role HUCTW members play in the success of the Harvard community.…

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