The Professional Librarians Unit (LX) is a systemwide bargaining unit of non-supervisory professional librarians who provide vital services to maintain the highest quality academic, scientific and medical library facilities at all UC campuses and medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The unit is represented by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Currently, the unit includes approximately 347* employees.

An approximate breakdown of the number of Professional Librarians at each location is as follows:

Location Headcount
Berkeley 73
Davis (Campus & Medical Center) 26
Irvine (Campus & Medical Center) 29
Los Angeles (Campus & Medical Center) 92
Merced 7
Riverside 26
San Diego 46
San Francisco 7
Santa Barbara 26
Santa Cruz 15
Total 347

*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 LX Unit who are not members of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 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 AFT for conscientious objector (CO) status. Once AFT grants CO status, the employee may select one of the charities agreed to by AFT and UC, to which the fees will be paid (see chart below).

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

AFT dues structure and fair share fees

(effective August 2013)

Dues Structure / Values Agency Fee Amount CO Charities
1.5% of total gross $100.00 cap (represented);
0.996% retirement gross $55.00 cap (un-represented)
1.5% of total gross $100.00 cap Spina Bifida Assoc. of America; Amnesty Int'l; Rosenberg Fund for Children