Custodians Reach Interim Contract Agreement with Harvard | News

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The union representing Harvard caretakers on Friday reached a four-year tentative agreement for a contract with the University, guaranteeing wage increases.

If ratified, the contract will be in effect from November 16 of this year until November 15, 2025. The ratification vote will likely open the week of December 13, according to Amanda Torres-Price, spokesperson for 32BJ service employees. . International Union, which represents Harvard guards and security guards.

The tentative agreement includes a salary increase of 15.25% over the four-year term of the contract, which is 2.75% more than the percentage salary increase offered in 32BJ’s previous contract. Specifically, Friday’s tentative agreement contains a 2.75% increase retroactive to November 16 and increases of 3, 3.25, 3.25 and 3% effective July 1 each year thereafter.

Under the agreement, Harvard will also continue to cover health care premiums for employees with the Union Building 32BJ Health Fund, contributing $1,402 per caretaker in the new year.

Employees will also receive new or increased benefits, such as an MBTA transportation subsidy for third-party contract workers equal to that received by directly hired guards, a $1.75 per hour increase to be paid during shifts less desirable work and a premium of $1.75 per hour. premium on snow removal shifts and a premium of $1.25 per hour on furniture moving shifts.

The tentative agreement comes days after guards, security guards and 32BJ supporters rallied at Harvard Yard on November 30, calling for higher salary increases from the University. The union is still negotiating a contract for security guards at Harvard, who are employed by a Securitas contractor.

Last year, the keepers agreed to a one-year extension to their 2016 contract, which expired in November 2020 and included a 12.5 per cent salary increase over four years and “paid healthcare by the employer”.

The 2020 extension included one-time bonuses and ensured that Harvard and third-party contractors would continue to cover caretaker health costs. Although 97% of voters agreed to ratify the extension, the contract did not include wage increases or provisions for contract workers inactive due to the pandemic.

Harvard spokesman Jason A. Newton wrote in an emailed statement Monday that the university was “satisfied” with the new tentative agreement with 32BJ.

“This is a four-year agreement that demonstrates Harvard’s commitment to a workforce that is crucial to the University’s teaching, education, and research mission,” wrote Newton.

In recent months, several campus unions — the Food Service Workers’ Union, the Clerical and Technical Workers’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Union — have each ratified contracts with the University.

—Editor Cara J. Chang can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @CaraChang20.

—Editor Meimei Xu can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @MeimeiXu7.

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