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.
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 Tenative 2015-2018 Agreement and to calculate your increase for 2015.
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 24 to answer health care plan questions: 617-661-8289 | email@example.com.
HUCTW is presently in negotiations with the University, on a new Agreement to replace the current Harvard-HUCTW contract that expires on September 30, 2015. In the past several weeks, these discussions have entered a more intensive phase. Although the tone of our meetings, ongoing since May, has been serious and constructive, and important data, background information, and perspectives have been shared, progress toward a settlement has been very slow. The issues under discussion are complex and urgent, especially in the areas of pay and health care benefits. The following message contains up-to-date information about key issues and challenges in the contract talks, and an invitation for Union members to engage more deeply in supporting our negotiating efforts.
2015 HUCTW-Harvard Negotiations Update:
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.
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.
We hope you will find these materials interesting and useful. And, as always, you can contact HUCTW with any ideas or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-661-8289.