UC met with the United Auto Workers union June 18–19 to continue negotiations for a new multi-year contract for academic student employees.

Some of the key items discussed were:

  • Sexual harassment: UC is committed to pursuing contract provisions that align with UC’s systemwide sexual violence and sexual harassment policy, which outlines a transparent, consistent process to ensure fairness in resolving such cases. The SVSH policy was shaped with the input of student leaders serving on the President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence.

    UC proposed that the university and the UAW form a joint labor-management committee to deal with sexual harassment issues. Among other things, the joint committee would provide an opportunity for UC and the union to discuss and work together to resolve any compliance issues with the university’s SVSH policy.

  • Support for ASE’s with disabilities: UC and the union discussed a new contract provision to ensure reasonable accommodations and fair processes for ASEs with disabilities.

  • Union access: The parties continued to discuss Assembly Bill 119 and providing the union opportunity to meet with new academic student employees when they are hired.

We hope you find this information useful. Please contact your local labor relations office or supervisor if you have any questions.