The Academic Student Employee Unit (BX) is a systemwide bargaining unit (except UCSF) comprised of graduate teaching assistants, readers, tutors and other instructional assistants who work in support of faculty and lecturers. Currently, the unit includes approximately 13,712* graduate students and is represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2865.

An approximate breakdown of the number of BX represented graduate students at each location (except UCSF) is as follows:

Location Headcount
Berkeley 2,980
Davis 1,799
Irvine 1,452
Los Angeles 1,929
Merced 402
Riverside 979
San Diego 1,581
Santa Barbara 1,272
Santa Cruz 1,318
Total 13,712

*FTP Data, April 2017

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 BX Unit who are not members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2865 Union 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 UAW Local 2865 for conscientious objector (CO) status. Once UAW Local 2865 grants CO status, the employee may select one of the charities agreed to by UAW Local 2865 and UC, to which the fees will be paid (see chart below).

Employees who wish to apply for conscientious objector status should contact UAW Local 2865 directly.

UAW Local 2865 dues structure and fair share fees

(effective August 2017)

Dues Structure / Values Agency Fee Amount CO Charities
1.44% of gross 1.16 % of gross American Cancer Society; Habitat for Humanity; Oxfam