The Health Care Professional Unit (HX) is a systemwide bargaining unit of non-supervisory licensed health care practitioners who provide a variety of clinical and medical services in support of the University's medical and student health centers. The unit is represented by the University Professional and Technical Employees union (UPTE). Currently, the unit includes approximately 3,966* employees.

An approximate breakdown of the number of HX represented Health Care Professionals at each location is as follows:

Location Headcount
Berkeley 27
Davis (Campus & Medical Center) 652
Irvine (Campus & Medical Center) 430
Los Angeles (Campus & Medical Center) 973
Merced 2
Riverside 5
San Diego (Campus & Medical Center) 693
San Francisco (Campus & Medical Center) 1,162
Santa Barbara 15
Santa Cruz 7
Total 3,966

*FTP Data, October 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 HX Unit who are not members of University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) 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 UPTE for conscientious objector (CO) status. Once UPTE grants CO status, the employee may select one of the charities agreed to by UPTE and UC, to which the fees will be paid (see chart below).

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

UPTE dues structure and fair share fees

(effective January 2017)

Dues Structure / Values Agency Fee Amount CO Charities

1.3% of retirement gross / $75.00


1.3% of retirement gross $22.00 cap (unrepresented)

LBNL: $65 cap

1.3% of retirement gross /$75.00

LBNL: $65 cap 

Pediatric AIDS; Komen Foundation; Oxfam