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Learn the Facts about Negotiations between AFSCME and UC

The University of California values our more than 220,000 employees and their contributions to our mission of education, research and public service. AFSCME members in the Service and Patient Care Technical Units are part of the UC community that is fueling the growth of California and changing the world.

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UC is committed to our represented workers and to providing attractive pay and benefits for all staff and faculty, regardless of union affiliation. As a public university system, we work to balance our responsibilities to students, faculty, staff, retirees and taxpayers. Unfortunately, AFSCME leadership has made wage, benefit and other demands that threaten that balance.

UC’s compensation package is very competitive

  • WAGES: UC’s wages already are 17% and 8% higher for AFSCME’s Service Unit and Patient Care Technical Unit, respectively, compared to similar positions in the same markets [1]. UC’s proposed new contract offers an 8–12% increase during its term.
  • BENEFITS: UC offers comprehensive benefits including dental, vision and life insurance at no additional cost. Monthly premiums for health benefits are structured so that lower-salaried employees pay substantially less for medical coverage than higher-salaried employees. Rates for families are also affordable.
  • RETIREMENT: UC’s proposed retirement benefits give new employees a choice between a 401(k)-style plan with a generous employer match and a traditional pension.
  • CONTRACTING: For a number of years, UC has committed to going outside for services only in certain limited circumstances. Outsourcing solely for financial reasons is specifically prohibited.

Strikes should be an option of last resort

AFSCME organized a strike in early May, delaying medical care for patients and disrupting students’ academic studies and access to campus services. AFSCME leadership says they are ready to organize another strike if UC does not meet their demands for a 24% increase in wages over the term of the contract and additional employment guarantees. UC would like to go back to the negotiating table to find a workable solution.

UC wants to correct misinformation and rumors. View the official bargaining updates and benefits section on this site and decide for yourself if supporting or participating in another strike is the best way to reach agreement.


[1] Overview of Market Data for Selected Represented Jobs, November 17, 2016, Mercer.

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