Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002
Paul Schwartz (510) 987-9924
Uc Gives Aft Settlement Offer To Conclude Negotiations
Regarding Uc Lecturers; Awaits Union's Response
After two years of negotiations with the American Federation
of Teachers (AFT) on a new employment contract for UC lecturers,
and after two long days of voluntary mediation in Sacramento,
the University of California today (Wednesday, Oct. 23) delivered
to the union a package offer aimed at concluding negotiations.
"UC lecturers are among the best compensated in the
country, which reflects the university's regard for them and
the critical role they play in helping UC fulfill its teaching
mission," said Gayle Cieszkiewicz, executive director
of UC labor relations.
"We're offering the best proposals that state funding
and our academic needs permit, and we're doing everything
we can to conclude these negotiations, but contract settlement
take both sides and the union has to do its part," she
The parties met Monday and Tuesday of this week in Sacramento
as part of their ongoing voluntary, pre-impasse mediation
being facilitated by a state mediator and a representative
from the governor's office.
During this week's talks, the university reviewed with the
union the many proposal compromises and improvements UC has
offered throughout the negotiations. The union did not present
UC with any new comprehensive proposal of its own.
University officials today delivered to the union a formal
settlement package that includes a comprehensive settlement
offer conditional upon signing a new contract and an overview
of the terms and conditions the university could impose should
the parties not reach an agreement following impasse proceedings.
The university's settlement offer, valued at $10 to $12 million
over the next three years, includes expanded eligibility of
health and retirement benefits for part-time lecturers not
currently eligible for coverage, enhanced job security for
senior lecturers, and progressively higher salary minimums
for senior lecturers (lecturers with six or more years of
employment) and less senior lecturers (fewer than six years
of employment) as follows:
Pre-six year lecturers
$35,868 salary minimum for 2002-03
$37,572 salary minimum for 2003-04
Post-six year lecturers
$40,200 salary minimum for 2002-03
$41,712 salary minimum for 2003-04
The union has until Friday, Oct. 25, to respond to the university's
At many colleges and universities throughout the country,
lecturers are paid by the course at very low wages without
benefits and are strictly temporary employees, working only
part-time and for no more than a few years total. Approximately
25 percent of UC lecturers have been employed at UC for over
six years and are offered three-year renewable contracts,
whether part-time or fulltime.
Systemwide, UC's 2,500 full- and part-time lecturers teach
approximately 30 percent of the university's undergraduate
classes and represent about 15 percent of UC's faculty.
For more information, go to www.ucop.edu/humres/labor/
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