|Professionals News Update: April, 2007|
UPTE-CWA advocates for all administrative professionals. Get involved with other administrative professionals at your campus to give us all a say in our working lives. Contact your local administrative professional committee to get more information and share your opinion.
UC extra pay increase adds up to very little for very few
This money is part of UC's plan to offset the dramatic increase in the cost of our benefits with pay raises. UC's raise does not come close to offsetting this years 50% increase in the cost of healthcare benefits (equal to about 1% of pay), a pending loss of our 2% Defined Contribution Plan benefits if contributions are re-directed to UCRS, and whatever else UC has in store for retiree health benefits.
Here are the details of UC's proposal and how many of the 12,000 Administrative Professionals will receive them:
UPTE's research and technical employees who are covered by union contracts have the right to bargain about this additional money. We are bargaining to ensure that more employees received more of this money, while still granting lower paid employees a greater share. For more information about the technical and research employees bargaining, see http://www.upte.org/txrx-salaryaction.pdf.
The University of California admits that, overall, UC staff wages lag 15% behind market. While UPTE applauds the baby step taken to increase the salaries of those who are paid the least, we also recognize that UC has the resources available to bring all employees up to market value. And we are curious what UC is doing with the remainder of the 1% that it is withholding from employees.
UPTE has requested information from UC about the distribution of salary and equity increases for 2006-2007 for employees without a union contract. Once we receive and analyze the information, UPTE will report on its findings.
What's happening with proposed pension contribution changes?
UPTE has been hosting informational meetings about the proposed changed to our pensions and healthcare benefits. If you'd like to have a meeting in your department, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .