HUCTW negotiators are happy to announce that Harvard and HUCTW have reached a tentative agreement on a one-year contract, which will run from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022. Brief highlights of the agreement are outlined below and you can read a full Detailed Summary of the Tentative Agreement on our website. Negotiations for a new Agreement began in May 2021 and they were incredibly challenging amid the pandemic. Throughout the process, HUCTW leaders were committed to achieving the best possible outcome for members, while laying a strong foundation for future negotiations, which will begin early next year. We are confident that a one-year contract is the best strategic option for 2021, as we start to plan for negotiating a longer, more robust three-year contract in 2022.
The majority of voting members must vote “yes” on the new agreement for it to be ratified and implemented. The Negotiating Team unanimously recommends that members vote “YES.” Voting is open to all HUCTW members from November 8th through November 10th until 5:00 pm. [11/22/2021 note: The ratification vote took place on Nov 8-10 and the HUCTW contract was ratified.]
Highlights of the Agreement
Members with at least one year of service as of 10/1/2021* will receive a salary increase to their base pay of 2.9%, which will be implemented as soon as possible after ratification. Since the raise is being delivered late, members will also receive an “implementation payment” covering the value of the increase on regular pay for the period between 10/1/2021 and the raise implementation date. You can download our Excel Salary Increase Calculator to determine your increase.
In addition to the raise and the implementation payment described above, all members with at least six months of service as of October 1, 2021 will also receive a lump sum bonus of $500, which will be delivered once the contract is implemented or on 12/1/2021, whichever comes later.
TAP Tax Reimbursement:
Harvard and HUCTW will create a new TAP tax assistance fund, which will provide financial relief for members who are required to pay taxes on Harvard tuition assistance benefits for non-job-related graduate courses.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB):
Harvard and HUCTW will create a new joint committee in order to tackle DEIB issues more proactively together. We have also updated our contract language to better reflect our shared values around DEIB.
Sick Days for COVID-19 Absences:
Harvard and HUCTW have negotiated five extra COVID-19 sick days, which will be available for HUCTW members to use retroactively between 4/1/2020 and 5/27/2021 for COVID-related sick time absences. (These five days are in addition to the five COVID-19 sick days Harvard recently made available to all staff as required by state law for the time period between 5/28/2021 and 4/1/2022)
Funding for Member Assistance Programs:
Harvard will increase funding for member assistance programs, such as the Childcare Fund, the Education Fund, and the Transportation Fund, to almost $3 million.*Note about raises: Members with one year of service as of October 1, 2021 will receive the full 2.9% raise. Members who have less than one year of service as of October 1, 2021 will have their raises prorated based on whether they have more or less than six months of service as of that date. See the Detailed Summary for more information.
HUCTW leaders and the Negotiating Team will invite all members to meetings over the next two weeks for discussion of the Tentative Agreement.
The contract ratification vote will take place online, using a secure online voting process supervised by the HUCTW Elections Committee, with a simple yes or no vote on the new contract. The Committee will send more details about the timing and process soon.
Again, the full and detailed summary of all changes included in the Tentative Agreement is available for your review on our website.
Thank you for your support during the negotiations process! As always please do not hesitate to reach out with thoughts, questions, and concerns by talking to one of your HUCTW Organizers or by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUCTW Negotiating Team, Executive Board, and Staff
Lynn Wang DeLacey