Please see below for an email sent on Jan 2, 2018 to our members.
Happy New Year! We hope you are all safe & able to have time for some relaxation during the winter break.
This email contains extremely important information: this email has important updates with regards to the Thomas Fire/ pay, and changes to the Winter 2018 quarter. We can only email members, so please forward this information to other grads and ASEs!
In this email you’ll find:
1) Bargaining results from our negotiations with UCOP regarding Fall 2017 & Winter 2018 contract changes due to the Thomas Fire
2) Voting on 2018 Bargaining Demands—extended to January 10, 2018
3) Union Event Updates:
–Weds. January 10: Grade In & Donuts for Finals
–Tues. January 16: New Membership Meeting and Monthly Membership Meeting
1) Updates on Fall ’17/Winter ’18 contract negotiations with UCSB/UCOP TAs:
We have signed off on negotiations to bargain for UCSB TAs for F ’17 & W ’18: if you’re working, y’all will get paid!
Teaching Assistants: The University has taken the position that the extra week of Jan 8-12, 2018 has already been paid for. However, after UAW 2865 UCSB demanded to negotiate, management agreed to pay a lump sum at 25% and 50% rates, pending the amount of work needed for each course for the extra week for finals (Jan 8-12, 2018). See below for rates and details from the signed negotiation.
Readers will be paid for the work Jan 8-12 at the same rate for the original week of finals.
Teaching Associates will also receive a lump compensation based on the Fall 2017 rate (this was negotiated by UC-AFT Santa Barbara 2141—see https://ucaft.org/content/ucsb.)
All work must fall within the scope of the ASE checklist and current contract.
TAs and Readers hired for a course in Fall 2017 have priority for that course’s remaining finals and grading January 8-12.
If you have already completed and submitted all grades for your Fall 2017, you will not receive additional compensation for the week of Jan 8-12.
If you’re a TA or Reader and cannot work the week of Jan 8-12, 2018 for your Fall 2017 course with the new finals schedule, please notify your supervisor, faculty, or instructor of record & hiring department ASAP.
You CANNOT be required to return to campus or work the week of Jan 8-12, 2018. If you cannot be on campus, your hiring department should hire someone else that week to cover the additional work.
For TAs with Fall 2017 appointments (quoted from our negotiation):
“Teaching assistants and teaching associates who were working in Fall Quarter  will be given first priority to continue work during the postponement period. In the rare circumstance that a teaching assistant or teaching associate is unavailable at this time, the work will be offered to other eligible students. ASEs will be compensated for the work performed during the postponement period as follows:
Teaching Assistants (exempt):
Lump sum payment of $571.40__for 50% appointments during the postponed finals week Lump sum payment of _$285.70_for 25% appointments during the postponed finals week
Teaching Associates (exempt): payment based on Fall quarter pay rate. All payments are subject to normal withholdings.”
Your lump sum of 25% or 50% will be based on the amount of work required for the week of Jan 8-12: you can be hired for more or less pending on the amount of remaining work/ duties remaining for the course as determined by you and the instructor for the course.
Please keep track of your time to make sure you get paid — if you work more than initially thought your department can have you re-sign the form to submit for the hours worked since this is due on Jan 17th.
Thislink to our website’s resource page has a downloadable form with information to document time worked.
IF you are a TA covering multiple TAs/ ASEs and will work more than 21 hours (or end up working more than 21 hours) the week of Jan 8-12, 2017 your department can get an exception to pay you a 75% lump sum for that week by contacting Cindy Doherty, Director of Academic Personnel/ HR at: email@example.com
VC David Marshalls & Director Cindy Doherty (Academic Personnel/HR) have emailed updates & hiring information to department chairs & business officers.
Departments are responsible for working with instructors/ ASEs to hire for the postponement week to complete finals/ grading/ submissions for final grades.
Departments will send TAs an information form to sign for the extra week of work- you can sign this electronically/ confirm in an email and then provide your hiring department a physical copy when you return.
You do NOT need to have your offer letters re-issued/ signed/ resubmitted with the hiring paper work (I-9s etc) for F2017. Anyone who was NOT hired by the department previously for the F17 quarter and gets hired for Jan 8-12 – you need to complete the hiring paperwork.
Departments will need to submit the hiring updates by Jan 17, 2018 at 5 PM, and the lump sums will be paid on February 1, 2018.
The new/ postponed finals week for W2017 due to the Thomas Fires:
January 8- 12, 2018—see this link for details with the new schedule: https://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/finals-fall.aspx
Or this link for FAQ/ Information on the postponement: http://info.sa.ucsb.edu/finalspostponement
For TAs with Winter 2018 Appointments:
The Winter Quarter will begin on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The quarter will be 9 weeks instead of 10: no changes to finals/ spring break, or start of the Spring 2018 quarter.
TAs will receive pay for the 10 weeks and tuition/ fee remissions will stay the same even though you will only work 9 weeks.
Hiring paperwork for Winter 2018 is now due on Friday, January 12, 2018 before the end of business day.
You can also look at the FAQ on finals postponement via Student Affairs for Information. http://info.sa.ucsb.edu/finalspostponement
2) Voting on Bargaining Demands:
Please check your spam folders if you haven’t gotten an email from UAW 2865- UC Student-Workers Union with the subject: “Please VOTE to Ratify our Bargaining Demands: Deadline Extended to January 10th”
We will also set up voting stations on campus from Jan 8- Jan 10 to sign up as a member and submit a paper ballot— including during the Grade-In & Donuts for Finals on Wednesday, Jan 10 from 8:15 – 11:00 AM in the GSA lounge.
Only members (you’ve signed a membership card) are able to vote on the demands. Membership cards & a drop-off box are available in the GSA Lounge at the staff desk.
Folks can sign up as a member and then vote on the bargaining demands in person from Jan 8-10, 2018. Locations on in-person voting will be shared when finalized.
You can request a also new electronic ballot using this link
3) Union Event Updates for January 2018
Grade In & Donuts for Finals! Wednesday, January 8th– 8:15 AM – 11:00 AM in the GSA Lounge (membership cards & paper ballots to vote on the 2018 bargaining demands will be available). Details can also be found via our facebook event.
New Member Meeting with food! Tuesday, January 16,2018 from 3 PM – 4 PM in the GSA Lounge
January Monthly Membership Meeting, Tuesday, January 16thfrom 4-5 PM (immediately following the new member meeting) in the GSA Lounge– open to all- including allies/ partners/ kiddos.
If you have any questions or concerns – please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with any of us individually!
UCSB- UC Student Workers Union / UAW 2865
Meg Undén (Sociology/ Campus Chair)
Hannah Kagan-Moore (History of Art & Architecture/ Recording Secretary)
Emily Ellis (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology/ Head Steward)
Daniel Lazar (Electrical + Computer Engineering/ Head Steward)
Dell Rose (Religious Studies/ Head Steward)
Avi McClelland-Cohen (Communication / Head Steward)
Andrew Elrod (History/ Head Steward)