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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003
Paul Schwartz (510) 987-9924/cell: (510) 387-5434
paul.schwartz@ucop.edu


UC FINALIZES AGREEMENT WITH TEACHING ASSISTANTS’ UNION

The University of California's 11,000 teaching assistants, tutors and other academic student employees represented by the United Auto Workers have approved a new three-year contract, UC officials said today (Dec. 6). A tentative agreement was announced Dec. 2.

"Our instructional assistants play a very important role in helping UC faculty meet the university's teaching needs, and we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the union that acknowledges their many contributions," said Judith W. Boyette, UC associate vice president, human resources and benefits.

The new agreement will be effective from the date of union ratification through Sept. 30, 2006.

Highlights of the agreement include:

Wages: Effective Jan. 1, 2004, academic student employees will receive a 1.5 percent wage increase, including lump sum payments for those employed on the date of ratification. During the life of the contract, academic student employees will also receive a 1.5 percent general wage increase in the fall of 2004 and fall of 2005 if Academic Senate faculty receive merit increases;

Health benefits: Maintains UC's current practice of paying 100 percent of the health insurance premiums for any graduate student teaching assistant working a minimum of 25 percent time ($685-$1,600 per year, depending on location);

Fees: Maintains UC's current practice of paying 100 percent of the education and registration fees for any graduate student teaching assistant working a minimum of 25 percent time (approximately $5,200 each academic year);

Sympathy strikes: The parties resolved the issue to their mutual satisfaction;

Unfair labor practice charges: All bargaining-related unfair labor practice charges filed by both sides are withdrawn;

Workload dispute resolution: Carries forward previous contract language allowing workload dispute appeals to be submitted to a resolution panel comprised of UC Academic Senate members;

Systemwide bargaining unit: UC and the United Auto Workers (UAW) agree to jointly petition the Public Employment Relations Board to consolidate the current eight campus bargaining units into one systemwide unit, which UC believes will benefit future negotiations.

UC and the union began contract talks in May of this year. The previous contract expired Sept. 30, 2003.

During recent months, UC and the UAW had participated in several voluntary, pre-impasse mediation sessions, facilitated by Micki Callahan, director of the State Mediation and Conciliation Services.

"The university greatly appreciates director Callahan's assistance in helping us get to an agreement," Boyette said.

According to UC, 51 percent of UAW-represented employees are dues-paying members.

A simple majority of voting union members was required for ratification.

UC takes pride in its ongoing commitment to working effectively with its labor unions, and in its ability to continually provide quality employment conditions and opportunities for the more than 160,000 employees that make UC their employer of choice. UC currently negotiates with 10 unions representing approximately 60,000 UC employees throughout the state.

For more information about some of the outstanding benefits that UC employees enjoy, please go to:

For more information about some of the outstanding benefits that UC employees enjoy, please go to http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/forms_pubs/misc/bensofbelong.pdf

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