December 09, 1999
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Labor Relations Sees Ratification of 3 New Contracts


November was a banner month for Harvard’s Office of Labor and Employee Relations. In a span of just 10 days, the University saw ratification of three new labor contracts as custodians, police officers, and printers all signed off on new multiyear agreements.

Kim Roberts, director of labor relations, congratulated members of the University and union bargaining committees who worked together to craft the new contracts. "We’re particularly pleased," she said, "that these new contracts were negotiated smoothly and that two of them were concluded on or before their normal expiration dates."

The University’s contract with HUPA (the Harvard University Police Association) was ratified on Nov. 4. The new contract, which covers 52 police officers, runs through July 31, 2002, and provides base wage adjustments on Feb. 1, 1999, and each Feb. 1 thereafter. In addition, educational allowances will be increased by $100 in 1999 and another $100 in 2000. Sick leave provisions were restructured to bring the contract in line with recently negotiated union contracts at the University. The contract establishes a new joint Labor-Management Committee on Community Policing and clarifies the responsibility of the Police Department to establish work shifts as operationally necessary.

More than 300 University custodians represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 254 ratified a new three-year agreement on Nov. 10. The new contract provides wage increases that keep pace with the recently negotiated SEIU master agreement, which covers private custodial services in the Greater Boston area. (The master agreement, which sets the wage rates for approximately 11,000 unionized custodians employed in the Greater Boston area, was negotiated during the summer and ratified by the SEIU membership in September 1999.) In addition to wage increases, paid time-off benefits for custodians working as "limited regulars" were improved, and additional "bonus" vacation days were provided to longer-service employees.

On Nov. 14, 25 employees of Harvard Printing and Publications Services represented by the Graphic Communications International Union Local 600M (GCIU), ratified the terms of a new four-year contract, effective through Nov. 13, 2003. The new contract features base wage adjustments each year, a new provision allowing employees to carry over vacation, and an option for employees to "cash in" vacation in calendar years 1999 and 2000. Improvements were made in the areas of parental leave and other leaves. Job classifications were updated to reflect evolving technology.

Polly Price, associate vice president for human resources, said, "The ratification of these three contracts by union members during the past month is indicative of the balanced and mutually cooperative relationship between the University and its unions. It reflects the University’s commitment to work calmly and purposefully with our unions through collective bargaining processes and to maintain fair terms and conditions of employment for University employees."

Negotiations are continuing with the Maintenance Trades Council for a new contract covering plumbers, electricians, locksmiths, and operating engineers. Also in negotiation is a contract with SEIU covering 15 employees at the Arnold Arboretum. The University’s contracts with the HUCTW (Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers) and with HEREIU (Hotel Employees, Restaurant Employees International Union) Local 26 will both expire in 2001, and the current contract with the Harvard Security, Museum and Parking Guards Union is set to expire in 2003.

 


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