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  • Once an appointment is offered, it cannot be rescinded.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 santabarbara@uaw2865.org if you would like more information or have any questions.

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

No.

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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