The Patient Care Technical Unit (EX), also referred to as PCT, is a systemwide bargaining unit of employees engaged primarily in the rendering of patient support services at UC's Medical Centers and in fewer numbers on UC's campuses. The unit is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Currently, the unit includes approximately 14,592* employees.

An approximate breakdown of the number of EX represented Patient Care Technical employees at each location is as follows:

Location Headcount
Berkeley 46
Davis (Campus & Medical Center) 2,828
Irvine (Campus & Medical Center) 1,973
Los Angeles (Campus & Medical Center) 4,306
Merced 7
Riverside 23
San Diego (Campus & Medical Center) 2,474
San Francisco (Campus & Medical Center) 2,879
Santa Barbara 37
Santa Cruz 19
Total 14,592

*FTP Data, April 2016

Dues/Agency Fee

The state Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) was amended in January 2000 to establish an "agency shop" at the University of California (HEERA §3583.5). By law, UC employees who are represented by a union but do not join and pay membership dues are required to pay a "fair share" fee through mandatory paycheck deductions. The deductions are paid to the union to help cover the union's costs for negotiations, contract administration, and related representational activities.

Fair share fees must be paid by all employees in the EX Unit who are not members of AFSCME whether or not they support the union. The only exception under the law is for an employee "who is a member of a bona fide religion, body or sect that has historically held conscientious objections to joining or financially supporting public employee organizations."(HEERA §3584). Employees may apply to AFSCME for conscientious objector (CO) status. Once AFSCME grants CO status, the employee may select one of the charities agreed to by AFSCME and UC, to which the fees will be paid (see chart below).

Employees who wish to apply for conscientious objector status should contact AFSCME directly.

AFSCME dues structure and fair share fees

(effective January 2016)

Dues Structure / Values Agency Fee Amount CO Charities
1.5% of retirement gross / $78.74 1.5% of retirement gross / $78.74 United Way, Alliance for the Mentally Ill; NAACP Fund for Defense & Education