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Harvard works because we do! The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers is 4600+ Harvard employees of diverse ages, backgrounds, talents, and opinions. It was voted in on May 17th, 1988 and is now a strong, innovative local union affiliated with AFSCME, a national union representing mostly public employees. Most overtime-eligible (‘non-exempt’) Harvard Staff who are not part of one of the service worker or specialized trade unions are included in our bargaining unit and are eligible to become Union members.

2016 Salary Increase for HUCTW Members

It’s time for a raise! Our Union’s current Agreement with the University provides for a pay increase for all HUCTW members on October 1, 2016.  Members with at least one year of benefits-eligible Harvard service on October 1 will receive a full structure and progression increase on that date.  Union members with less than one year of service will see partial increases on October 1.

We have now posted a 2016 HUCTW Salary Increase Calculator (Excel) that you can use to work out the pay increase you will be receiving on October 1.  The Increase Calculator is a downloadable Excel document – if it doesn’t appear on your computer screen when you click on the link above, it should appear in your “Downloads” folder or in a tab at the bottom of your screen. In order to complete the Calculator, you will need to type in your current annual pay, weekly hours, salary grade, and your start date or length of service in a regular, benefits-eligible Harvard job.  Our negotiated pay program is also fully described in the 2015-2018 Detailed Summary of Tentative Agreement (PDF) on the HUCTW website.

Please stay tuned for updates on other HUCTW projects and activities.  As always, if you have any questions or ideas please write or call HUCTW at huctw.info@huctw.org or 617-661-8289.

HUCTW & Harvard Agreement for 2015 - 2018

At the start of 2016, our Union and the University signed a tentative three-year agreement (2015 – 2018), which was ratified by HUCTW members on Thursday, February 25, 2016 with a 98% “yes” vote. Harvard and HUCTW negotiators are in the process of incorporating the language from the new contract into full-length booklet form, but in the meantime, this document serves as an amendment to the 2012 – 2015 HUCTW Agreement and Manual books, which can be found here: http://huctw.wpengine.com/contract.

2015-2018 Detailed Summary of Tentative Agreement (PDF)
2012-2015 Agreement (PDF)
2012 - 2015 Personnel Manual(PDF)

HUCTW Tentative Agreement

HUCTW leaders are proud to announce that Union and University negotiators have initialed a tentative agreement on a new contract, resolving important questions concerning pay and health benefits and improving contract language in several key policy areas.  If the tentative agreement is approved by HUCTW members in a ratification vote in February, it will go into effect immediately with an expiration date of September 30, 2018. Click on the links below to view the Detailed Summary of the Tentative 2015-2018 Agreement and to calculate your increase for 2015.

Detailed Summary of Tentative Agreement (PDF)

Salary Increase Calculator for 2015 (Excel)

Overall, in the view of HUCTW negotiators, the tentative agreement represents a great set of outcomes for Union members.  Harvard and HUCTW have agreed to maintain HUCTW health plan options without deductibles or coinsurance is a huge accomplishment, and this settles a long-standing disagreement over strategies for managing health care costs. And three pay increases (with full retroactivity back to October of 2015) will keep Union members moving ahead of inflation and maintain opportunities to make a solid, middle-class living as dedicated Harvard staff members. Please see the detailed summary above for specifics about the new Tentative Agreement. The ratification vote will take place on February 25, 2016. Details on voting times and locations will be sent to members shortly. Please contact us anytime with questions. In particular, HUCTW health care negotiators will be available from 2:15 - 4:00 every weekday between now and February 24th to answer health care plan questions: 617-661-8289 | huctw.info@huctw.org.

2015 Survey of HUCTW Members

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey earlier this summer. We received 2936 responses (60% of the membership), which is a fantastic sign of the energy and commitment of our members. Your answers and comments are providing negotiators with a rich source of ideas and priorities for the Union. HUCTW leaders have been using the stories and statistics from the survey to shape and strengthen our current negotiations with Harvard, and we will continue to use your feedback to direct our initiatives and programs in the future. The following link is a report summarizing some of the themes, concerns, and perspectives captured in the survey.
2015 HUCTW Member Survey Report:

HUCTW leaders are in the process of scheduling lunchtime meetings all over campus to update members on our current negotiations, and we will also be sending out a written update out on negotiations next week. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with an HUCTW organizer for your department, or write to huctw.info@huctw.org, if you have any questions.

Health Care at Harvard

As many of you know, the University implemented changes in the health plans for non-union Harvard employees as of January 1, 2015.  Although the health plan changes are not taking effect for HUCTW members, our Union has expressed concern, in open letters to members and friends and in a Harvard Crimson op-ed article, that these changes move the University’s health care program in the wrong direction.
As the revised plans take effect for thousands of non-union employees, many in the Harvard community are working to understand their impact.  To keep up with the evolving situation and to help our members and friends on campus think about the changes, HUCTW will be posting up-to-date materials on our website.

The web page, “Health Care at Harvard,” features resources and links to help members and friends engage in the campus conversation about health care.  Items already on the page include:

  • Newspaper articles and opinion pieces about the University’s 2015 health plan changes for non-union staff
  • A video recording of the HUCTW-sponsored panel discussion, “Healthy Employees, Healthy Institutions:  Reducing Health Care Costs for Everyone,” from November 19, 2014
  • Printable posters and digital images that you can post in workspaces and common areas to express concern about Harvard’s health plan changes
  • Links to broader media discussion on the effects of increased patient cost-sharing in the US health care system

We hope you will find these materials interesting and useful. And, as always, you can contact HUCTW with any ideas or questions at huctw.info@huctw.org or 617-661-8289. 


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