|E-Bulletin for University of California Administrative Professionals: March, 2009|
|Unions Make a Difference
AFSCME workers at the University of California recently settled contract bargaining with UC, winning substantial wages increases and other benefits. They have achieved a five-year contract with 3% raises on October of each year, an additional 1% July, 2009 and 2% step increases for the last three years. The first three years of raises are independent of the state budget. The final two years will include negotiations over pensions, as well as ensuring the last two raises. The university will be able to shift service workers’ 2% retirement savings (DCP fund) into the UCRP pension fund in 2010. A cap was set on how much health benefits could increase. There are several other important achievements, including overtime after working a normal shift, more training time, and an increase in the minimum wage to $14 per hour in 2012.
UPTE’s research and technical units are currently in contract negotiations and will continue to pressure the university to give us similar terms and conditions that they gave to AFSCME workers. With this settlement, UC shows they have money to provide wage increases beyond the 0% they gave to unrepresented workers. Until administrative professionals at UC organize, we will not have the right to sit down with management and negotiate for pay increases. Fill out a commitment card today and indicate your support for a union for administrative professionals at UC.
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This bulletin provides a resource for workplace issues affecting UC’s staff professionals and ways we can work together to solve them. It also keeps us updated on administrative professionals’ organizing efforts with the University Professional and Technical Employees union (UPTE).