Send Email to Harvard Leaders

HUCTW’s contract negotiations around salary increases for members continue to be extremely challenging. We are asking members in every department across the University to send individual email messages to the highest administrative leaders of their Harvard departments, expressing concern about pay negotiations and describing their own experiences with the harmful impacts of high inflation and their dedicated work in difficult circumstances over the past two years.

Why are we sending letters to Harvard leaders?

Management raise proposals don’t keep up with inflation. Union negotiators remain committed to winning raises that will provide real protection against high inflation, which continues to stay highManagement proposals are far below the rate of inflation and come nowhere close to providing the kind of financial security that we need.

Member activities to support a fair contract so far:

HUCTW members have shown solidarity and commitment to a strong raise program through activities and events including: The HUCTW Stand-Outs: Hundreds of members, friends, and elected officials rallied together for raises that stay ahead of inflation, the HUCTW Statement of Support: 4,000+ members and friends signed and delivered ​the statement to Harvard deans and VPs, and the HUCTW Visibility Events: Over 1,300 members and friends came out to support ​a strong contract.

NEXT STEP: Send an email to Harvard leaders

In order to keep constructive pressure on administrators around pay negotiations, we hope you will join your coworkers across the campus starting this week by sending your own email message to the senior leaders of your school or department, letting them know why you need raises that stay ahead of inflation and urging them to help Harvard and HUCTW reach agreement on a fair raise program.

You can use this sample email to help with your message, if it’s useful, but it would be great if you could convey your own personal concerns and experiences in your message. Some possible themes include:   

  • Challenges you/your family are facing as a result of high inflation – increasing prices of groceries, housing, gas and utilities, dependent care – and difficult choices that result. 
  • Ways in which you and your co-workers have gone above and beyond to help the University maintain high quality education and research despite COVID disruptions and staffing shortages.   
  • The importance of a pay program that shows respect for staff members’ talents and contributions and creates sustainable Harvard jobs.
  • If you’re a non-HUCTW Harvard community friend (student, faculty, member of another union, alum, retiree…), it would be great if you could talk about why it’s important for HUCTW members and all staff  to have raises that keep up with inflation and the cost of living.

Who you should send your email to?

We are asking members and friends to write the directly to the deans and VPs of their schools and departments, but if you prefer you can  write to the following Harvard senior leaders, who play a broader role in Harvard leadership:

Meredith Weenick Harvard’s Executive Vice President
Alan Garber Harvard’s Provost
Manuel Cuevas-Trisan  Harvard’s VP for Human Resources

Please also send a cc to: