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Along with traditional ideas of solidarity and advocacy, our Union places importance on grassroots organizing, constant communication, and trainings to help members negotiate their everyday working lives. We also view mutual kindness and respect as values necessary to maintaining this goal.
One of our earliest slogans was “It’s not anti-Harvard to be pro-Union” and that idea is still crucial to us today. We are dedicated to our work, and we want improvements to our jobs to be improvements to the University. Over the years we have found many creative ways to enact this principle. Through collaboration and interest-based bargaining with our faculty and administrative colleagues, we are helping to defeat the notion of a zero-sum game of employees versus employer.
We address larger issues through policy work (both in and outside of contract negotiations) and smaller issues via behind-the-scenes coaching and/or direct advocacy. Our grievance procedure consists of local, hands-on problem solving, aimed at practical outcomes that equitably empower and support employees while still serving the larger mission of Harvard.
Change is a constant at Harvard, and much of HUCTW’s work consists of helping employees maintain a fair and feasible path through this changing landscape. We look forward to continued success, both as Union members and Harvard employees, and we welcome voices and ideas from the entire University community.
|Description||HUCTW (AFSCME Local 3650) is a labor union of 5000+ Harvard University employees of diverse backgrounds, ages, talents, and opinions. Our work supports the teaching and research at Harvard, in libraries and museums, in labs, in offices, and out in the world. Some of us are on our way to graduate school; others of us are making our careers here. We are parents, artists, students, and more. Although we may hold different views and speak in many voices, we speak together as a Union for the things that matter to us: pay and benefits, and also flexibility, work-life balance, and self-determination in the workplace.|