Even though your contract expired Sept. 30, UC is continuing to work hard to reach an agreement that will provide annual wage increases, quality health care and excellent retirement benefits for you and your colleagues.

We are disappointed that no agreement has been reached so far despite 10 multi-day  bargaining sessions since May. We are also disappointed that at the last bargaining session Oct. 19-20, no progress was made on the core issues of pay and benefits, as again, UPTE did not respond to UC’s comprehensive wage proposal which had been presented to the union Aug. 23.

UC’s proposals have included:

  • 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. 
  • Affordable health coverage: Continued access to UC’s broad range of health plans for you and your families at a cost well below the national average. The typical UC research and technical support staff member spends $648 a year for the Kaiser plan – about 12.5 percent of the $5,200 the average American workers pays each year for health benefits. 
  • Excellent retirement benefits: Current employees will see no change in their pension benefits. Only employees hired after a new contract is ratified will have a choice between a traditional pension plan and a 401(k)-style plan. (For more information, see the attached fact sheet.)

We will continue negotiating with UPTE with the intention of reaching an agreement soon. The next bargaining session is Nov. 16-17 in Irvine.

Access bargaining updates at ucal.us/researchstaff and ucal.us/technicalstaff.