The main purpose of our Union is to bargain a legally binding contract that covers wages, benefits, terms and conditions of our employment. Collective bargaining gives us a democratic voice in improving our lives and helps us protect our jobs.
We have had a union here for over 60 years (and have been affiliated with the UAW for about 30 years), and have been able to win things in our contracts like guaranteed annual raises and health benefits, including mental health coverage. Without collective bargaining, HarperCollins would have unilateral power to change the terms of our employment. With a collective bargaining agreement, the publisher has to negotiate any changes to our working conditions and benefits with us.
Download our collective bargaining agreement, effective through 12/31/2017.
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Useful information for HarperCollins employees
Do you work more than 35 hours a week? If so, you may not be aware that under our contract, you are entitled to receive overtime pay. Our contract states that:
- All work on a Saturday or a holiday and all work in excess of 35 hours a week shall be paid at 1 and 1/2 times your regular rate.
- All work on a Sunday shall be paid at 2 times your regular rate.
- If you are authorized to work more than 2 hours of overtime in a day, you are entitled to a $15 meal allowance, and if you work past 8pm you are entitled to reimbursement for taxi fare home.
Are you having trouble getting authorization for overtime pay? Contact the union for help!