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UC presents final settlement offer to UPTE

On February 13, 2019, UC presented UPTE leaders with a final settlement offer aimed at ensuring market-competitive pay, good benefits and job protections for UC research support and technical employees over the next several years.

Negotiations with UPTE have spanned for more than a year and a half, and have included state-assisted mediation. UC’s settlement offer aligns with the state mediator’s recommendations.

Highlights of UC’s settlement offer:

  • Guaranteed yearly pay increases that recognize the important role you play, and that are consistent with what other employees — represented and non-represented — are receiving:
    • 3% paid April 2019
    • 3% paid Oct. 2019
    • 3% paid annually Oct. 2020-2023
  • $1,250 one-time payment for all eligible employees upon contract ratification.
  • Quality health benefits for you and your family at the same rates as other UC employees with similar salaries, plus a $25 cap for any monthly premium increases for UC’s Kaiser and UC Blue & Gold plans.
  • Excellent retirement benefits that are among the most generous in the market and will give future employees hired after a new contract is ratified a choice between a traditional pension plan and a 401(k)-style plan. Current employees will see no change in their pension benefits.
  • The job protections that a multi-year contract provides.

UPTE leaders have been demanding double-digit pay increases — 16.5-22% over the term of the agreement — which are financially unrealistic and out-of-line with increases for other UC employees.

UC believes you’ve waited long enough and deserve the chance to VOTE on UC’s offer. 

It’s time you had a contract!

More information at https://ucal.us/upte

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