Contract Agreement Reached!

On June 4th, 2014 our bargaining team and UC management reached a tentative agreement.  This agreement must be ratified by membership before it goes into effect.  The vote is scheduled for Thursday, 6 / 13 and Friday, 6 / 14 (see below for full times and locations).  We recommend that you vote yes – after a year of bargaining and two strikes we have reached a solid agreement that provides us with critical economic gains while also making progress on important social justice issues.

What is new in the agreement?

Wages increases:  5% increase in Fall 2014, 4% in Fall 2015, 4% in Fall 2016, and 3% in Fall 2017.

Childcare:  Increase from $600 to $900 per quarter per Associated Student Employee (ASE) with at least a 25% time salaried appointment.  Also increases the age of eligibility from 5 yrs to 12 yrs.

Leaves:  All salaried ASEs receive 6 weeks paid childbearing leave, 4 weeks paid new-parent leave, and 4 weeks paid leave due to a serious health condition of the ASE or family member (as defined by the Family Medical Leave Act).  Previously, the lengths of leave were 4 weeks, 2 weeks, and 2 weeks respectively.  Salaried ASEs may also take an additional two weeks unpaid leave for bonding with a newborn or adopted child.

Non-discrimination:  UC must make accommodations for reasonable requests for access to all-gender restrooms.  UC must also provide reasonable accommodation for lactating mothers.

Equal rights for undocumented students:  Creation of an instructional opportunities committee, comprised of UAW members, UC administrators, and undocumented students to establish funding opportunities.  Target implementation in Fall 2015.

Labor management meetings:  A labor management committee can meet with the UC up to 2 times a year to discuss issues of concern to ASEs.  The issues we discuss will include workload intensity and TA-student ratios.

What else is in the agreement (but not new)?

Below are a few highlights.  This is not a complete list.

  • Teaching assistants employed 25% time or higher still receive remission for tuition, the student services fee, and healthcare.
  • A salaried ASE working at least 50% time receives two sick days a quarter.
  • Once an appointment is offered, it cannot be rescinded.  If an ASE is offered a position and that position is later canceled, management must find an equivalent appointment or otherwise compensate the ASE.
  • A 50% teaching assistant should work no more than 220 hours in a quarter, 40 hours in any one week, or 8 hours in any single day.
  • Protection from discrimination due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, religion, and more.  There is also protection from sexual harassment and retaliation for union activity.

Again, this is not a complete list.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you would like more information or have any questions.

Is there anything in our previous agreement we lost in the new one?


Where can I vote?

Set polling locations are:

Thursday & Friday, 6 / 12 and 6 / 13:

Arbor:  10:00 – 5:00

Nano (Courtyard) Café:  9:00 – 5:00

San Clemente (in front of Arrowhead): 4:30 – 7:00

Thursday Only:

GSA lounge:  11:00 – 3:00



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