UC is eager to finalize a new contract for you and your colleagues, and is urging UPTE to provide reasonable proposals that move us toward an agreement.

In August, UC proposed guaranteed annual wage increases for you and your colleagues. UPTE immediately rejected that proposal and did not present a counterproposal until mid-November, despite UC’s repeated requests to provide one earlier. UPTE’s counterproposal made no substantive movement on the issue of wages, and UPTE continues to demand wage increases and salary adjustments that are nearly three times more than what other UC represented and non-represented employees are receiving.

UC will continue to negotiate toward compensation that is fair, market-competitive and ensures the university’s long-term fiscal health.

UC proposals have included guaranteed annual wage increases, and continued excellent health and retirement benefits:

  • Market-competitive wages: A wage increase upon ratification of a new contract, with an increase each year for the duration of the contract. This proposal would ensure that salaries remain market competitive.
  • Excellent health coverage: Continued quality health care for you and your families, at a cost well below the national average.
  • Retirement benefits that few employers can match:
    • Current employees will see no change in their pension benefits.
    • Future employees hired after a new contract is ratified would choose between a traditional pension plan and a 401(k)-style plan. Few employers offer this choice.
    • Offering future employees a choice does not affect the pension benefits of current employees.

UC and UPTE expect to resume negotiations in mid-January.