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Harvard and union workers reach tentative contract after year-long negotiations

posted Mar 12, 2013, 11:37 AM by Unknown user

 | March 11, 2013 | Boston Globe|

Harvard University reached tentative agreement on a contract with the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers Monday morning calling for an pay increase over the next three years. On April 2, the approximately 4,600 union members will vote on whether to ratify the agreement, according to a letter written by the clerical and technical workers union. If ratified, the deal will be made retroactively effective July 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2015. The tentative agreement came after roughly a year of negotiations. “This is the most protracted and difficult negotiations we’ve had in 25 years together,” Bill Jaeger, director of the union, said Monday in a telephone interview.  … According to the union, the deal includes a first-year salary increase, which provides a 3.4 percent raise for a union member who has worked at Harvard for a minimum of a year and receives an average full-time salary of $51,000.