Campus Unions

Harvard University has a rich history of collective bargaining with the unions representing its employees. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission first certified employee bargaining units at Harvard in 1938. These initial units included: house maids; caretakers and janitors; maintenance department employees; operating engineers; kitchen staff and waitresses; press and bindery employees; athletic employees; and, police officers.

Today, there are over 6,000 unionized Harvard employees represented by nine unions.

Area Trades Council (ATC)

The current contract extends through 12/7/2021. 
Tentative Agreement – Ratified 03/17/21.

  • ATC is comprised of the following unions:
    • IOUE Local 877
    • IBEW Local 103
    • Plumbers & Gasfitters No. 12
    • NERCC Local 51

Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW)

The current contract and HUCTW Personnel Manual extend through September 30,2021.

Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HEREIU), Local 26

The current contract extends through June 19, 2026.  Spanish (Español)

Service Employees' International Union (SEIU), Local 32BJ (Custodians)

The current contract extends through November 15, 2025; in English; Spanish (Español)

Harvard University Security, Parking & Museum Guards Union (HUSPMGU)

The current contract extends through 6/30/2021. One-year Extension - Ratified 02/12/2021.

Harvard University Police Association (HUPA)

The current contract extends through November 30, 2020.

Service Employees' International Union (SEIU), Local 615 (Arboretum Employees)

The current contract extends through 11/15/2023.

Harvard University Graduate Students - United Auto Workers (HGSU - UAW) Local 5118 

Agreement (through 6/30/2025). 2021 Contract Overview

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