Since May, UC has worked diligently to move negotiations along, with the goal of finalizing a new contract that provides our nurses with market-competitive compensation and safe working conditions.

UC has presented nearly all its proposals, including on the key issues of health and retirement benefits. CNA still has not presented a complete compensation proposal, despite six multi-day bargaining sessions.

The university wants to work collaboratively with the union to reach a comprehensive multi-year contract for nurses. That’s why at the July 25-26 bargaining session, the university offered a 90-day extension on the current contract, which expires July 31, to keep both sides focused on working through the issues. The union is considering our offer. 

UC is committed to providing you a total compensation proposal that includes: 

  • Market-competitive pay: We currently work hard to ensure pay for UC nurses is market-competitive, and we will continue to do so.
  • Quality health care for you and your family: UC is offering excellent health care for you and your dependents. Currently, UC works hard to negotiate affordable rates for its employees and to continue offering you a choice in health plans. 
  • Excellent retirement benefits:
    • Current nurseswould see no change in their retirement benefits.
    • Future nurses hired after a new contract is ratified: UC proposes a new program that gives future employees a choice between the traditional pension plan or a 401(k)-style plan, whichever best fits their needs and preferences. Few employers offer this choice, or a traditional pension. More information about the UC Retirement Choice Program is available at

Thank you for all you do to provide outstanding care to our patients and to support UC’s public service mission.

The next bargaining session is Aug. 22-23 at UCSF.

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