Dear colleague:

I am pleased to inform you that the university and the United Auto Workers have reached an agreement on a new four-year contract for you and UC’s other academic student employees.

As I wrote to you in February at the beginning of negotiations, our goal was for a multi-year agreement that recognizes the significant contributions academic student employees make to UC’s undergraduate education, and I believe that’s exactly what we’ve achieved.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • Wages: Annual wage increases of 3 percent for the next four years, beginning Oct. 1, 2018.
  • Child care: A child care subsidy of $3,300/year ($1100 per quarter/$1650 per semester).
  • Fees: Effective Jan. 1, 2019, $300 per academic year for campus fee remission ($100 per quarter; $150 per semester). This is a new benefit for ASEs.
  • One-time payment: A one-time payment of $100 for every eligible ASE, to be paid Nov. 1.
  • Sexual Harassment: Establishing a joint labor-management committee to address sexual harassment issues and training, and give ASEs a voice on this important issue.
  • Other:
    • A new contract provision that ensures reasonable accommodations for ASEs with disabilities, including an interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations to enable ASE’s to perform the essential functions of their jobs.
    • Improved lactation support, including secured and appropriately furnished private spaces and converting single occupancy restrooms to all-gender restrooms.
    • Process improvements and enhanced protections for unforeseen immigration issues, including a right to short-term leave for immigration hearing purposes.
    • Enhanced opportunities for the union to meet with new ASEs via mandatory UAW orientation meetings.

As always, thank you for all you do to support UC students, Senate Faculty, lecturers and other constituents we serve as part of our instructional mission.


Dwaine B. Duckett
Vice President of Human Resources