The University of California today (March 23) announced a tentative labor agreement with the Teamsters union on a new contract covering more than 11,000 clerical employees. The contract, spanning more than five years, will be effective upon ratification by Teamster membership through March 31, 2022.

“We are pleased to have reached agreement that maintains competitive wages and benefits for our clerical colleagues and recognizes the important role they play in keeping our campuses and medical centers running smoothly,” said Dwaine B. Duckett, UC vice president for systemwide human resources.

Teamsters-represented employees are expected to vote on the tentative agreement soon. 

Highlights of the tentative contract include:

  • Wages: An annual 3 percent wage increase for every covered employee, totaling 18 percent over the life of the contract.
  • Ratification bonus:  A $1,200 bonus per clerical employee, paid upon contract ratification (except those at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory due to U.S. Department of Energy regulations). 
  • Health Care: A $25 limit on any rate increases to the Kaiser and Health Net Blue and Gold health insurance plans, to further protect lower-salaried employees in an ever-changing health care market. The typical UC clerical employee will continue to pay an average of just $32 a month, or $384 per year, for generous health benefits for themselves and their dependents. By contrast, the average American worker pays more than $5,200 per year for less generous health benefits for just themselves.
  • Retirement Benefits: Employees hired before July 1, 2016 — the vast majority of all UC clerical staff — will continue to receive the same retirement benefits they currently do at the same contribution rates. Employees hired on or after July 1, 2016 will have the option to choose either a traditional pension plan or a 401(k)-style plan, whichever fits their preference and needs.

UC and the Teamsters have been in negotiations since April 2016.