Harvard University is proud of the tremendous strides we have made to provide all of our workers with fair, competitive wages, comprehensive, high-quality benefits that help insure their health and well-being, and to provide free or greatly subsidized educational opportunities that allow them to improve the quality of their lives and their long-term economic and job prospects.
We have worked hard to fulfill our commitment to ensure that all of our service and trade workers receive total compensation that is fair and market-driven, as well as internally and externally equitable. Significant progress has been made in the areas of wages and benefits, conversion to full-time employment, and training and communication in an ongoing effort to develop and strengthen workplace values for our unionized employees.
At the same time, we have been responsible and accountable in our use of resources. In the past seven years, Harvard has:
- Adopted a Wage & Benefits Parity Policy (WBPP) requiring campus contractors and vendors to pay wages and benefits to their workers that are at least comparable to those paid to unionized Harvard employees in like jobs, which ensures that outsourcing cannot be used to undermine our obligations as a good employer;
- Approved sizable increases in pay for our lowest paid service employees: custodians, parking workers and dining service workers;
- Expanded its free worker education program – the Bridge to Learning and Literacy -- to all entry-level workers, including its part-time and contractor employees;
- Expanded its subsidized health insurance program to extend coverage to service employees who work as few as 16 hours a week;
- And, adopted a Statement of Values mandating that all workers on the Harvard campus be treated with dignity and respect.