Benefits

**Negotiations are active and ongoing. Current proposals to date.**


The University has offered proposals on many new benefits for student workers. They include:

New, dedicated funds for student worker health needs:
 

  • Student Worker Health Insurance Premium Support Fund in the amount of $325,000 a year. Administered by the Union, this fund is aimed at defraying costs of premiums for spousal and/or dependent coverage under the HU Student Health Plan. Read the proposal
     
  • Student Worker Insurance Co-Pay Support Fund in the amount of $125,000 a year. Administered by the Union, this fund is aimed at reimbursing costs associated with co-pays that student workers incur under the Harvard University Student Health Plan. Read the proposal
     
  • Student Worker Dental Health Plan Support Fund in the amount of $125,000 a year. Administered by the union, this fund is aimed at defraying dental premium and co-pay costs for Union members and for covered spouses and/or dependents. Read the proposal

New resources for student workers with children:
 

  • Student Worker Child Care Support Fund in the amount of $350,000 a year. Administered by the Union, this proposed fund is aimed at defraying costs of child care for student workers. Read the proposal
     
  • An increase in the one-time stipend for PhD students with a new child to $6,646. On July 1, 2020, the stipend would be raised to $6,796 and on July 1, 2021, to $6,949. Read the proposal
     
  • Family leave of up to 12 weeks Student workers of any gender would be able to take an unpaid family leave of up to 12 weeks for the birth or adoption of a child, childcare, or care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition. Read the proposal
     
  • Student workers who are Ph.D. candidates are eligible to apply for financial assistance for the birth or adoption of a child under the Parental Accommodation and Financial Support program. Read the proposal
     
  • Access to Care.com at no cost for salaried student workers. Read the proposal

Assistance when needed:
 

  • Help anywhere, any time for salaried student workers, their spouses, and dependents through the University’s Employee Assistance Program. Tentative agreement reached
     
  • An emergency fund to assist workers who experience a temporary hardship due to a significant emergency event. Commencing upon ratification of this Agreement, the fund will be $25,000 for each year of this Agreement. Distribution of money from such would be managed by the Union, subject to approval by the University. Tentative agreement reached

Travel:
 

  • Conference travel and fees Lodging, transportation and conference fees paid up front by the University

All student workers would be eligible for one of the three parking/transit options:

  • Parking At all campuses, student workers would have the option to have access to parking and parking-related services that are available to and on the same basis as University staff. Tentative agreement reached
     
  • Public transit Student workers would be provided with discounted MBTA passes per the Semester Pass Program. Schools at their discretion may provide additional discounts on MBTA passes and/or programs. Tentative agreement reached
     
  • Bicycling Student workers would be eligible for a bicycle benefit on the same basis and under the same terms and conditions as that offered to staff employees. Tentative agreement reached

Guaranteed time off:
 

  • Vacation Student workers on a salaried 12-month appointment would also be entitled to ten vacation days without loss of compensation to be used during their appointment period. Tentative agreement reached
     
  • Personal leave Student workers on salaried appointments would be entitled to one paid personal day per semester. Salaried student workers on 12-month appointments would be entitled to an additional one paid personal day. Tentative agreement reached
     
  • Sick leave Student workers would have a right to a reasonable number of sick days per semester or summer session with no loss of compensation, and in no case less than provided by the Massachusetts Sick Time Act. Read the proposal
     
  • Holidays No requirement to work holidays except under special conditions and, if student workers do work, the right to take an additional day off. Tentative agreement reached 
     
  • Immigration leave Special provisions to help international students, including up to five paid days to deal with visa and immigration hearings and any other related matters for the student worker and the student worker’s family. A student worker paid on an hourly basis may also be absent for the same purposes but without pay. Read the proposal
     
  • Bereavement leave A student worker on a salaried appointment may be absent without loss of pay or benefits for up to three days when called for by a death in the immediate family or household. A student worker paid on an hourly basis may also be absent for the same purposes but without pay. Read the proposal
     
  • Civic duty leave Salaried student workers would retain all pay and benefits during jury duty, serving as a witness in a court case, similar civic obligations, or other court appearances. A student worker on an hourly basis may also be absent for the same purposes but without pay. Read the proposal
     
  • Military leave The University will comply with any applicable state or federal laws governing military service and leaves. A student worker may use this leave in addition to other leaves provided for in this Article. Read the proposal

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