The Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers (HUCTW) and Harvard University announced today that they have agreed to engage a team of experienced mediators in an effort to resolve negotiations on a new contract. The HUCTW-Harvard Agreement expired on June 30, 2012, and the parties have an understanding that the terms and conditions of the prior agreement continue to be in force.
While there has been a great deal of honest exchange, and some progress has been made, both sides have expressed the hope that mediation will help the parties constructively address differences over the salary increase program and health care issues.
The agreed-upon mediators are Lawrence Katz, Robert McKersie, and Arnold Zack. Mediation sessions have been scheduled for the second and third weeks of January.