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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, May 29, 2003
Paul Schwartz (510) 987-9924
paul.schwartz@ucop.edu

UC REACHES TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT WITH LECTURERS' UNION

The University of California announced today (May 29) that it has reached a tentative agreement with the American Federation of Teachers on a new labor contract for UC lecturers.

UC reached the tentative agreement with AFT early this morning.

"Our lecturers play a critical role in helping UC fulfill its instructional mandate, and we believe this agreement helps to recognize the valuable contributions they make to the university," said Judith W. Boyette, associate vice president for human resources and benefits. "We believe this is a fair and balanced agreement, especially in light of the significant state funding constraints we're experiencing, and we're very pleased we were able to reach a settlement and bring these talks to a close."

These negotiations, which began in spring 2000, have included several voluntary mediations facilitated at different times by Marty Morgenstern from Gov. Davis' office and state mediator John Jaeger. The university would like to express its deep gratitude to both Morgenstern and Jaeger for their services in connection with these negotiations.

As is customary, both UC and AFT will now formalize the tentative agreement with their respective organizations. Once approved, the new contract will run through June 30, 2006.

Consistent with the university's prior offers, the tentative agreement calls for increased salary minimums for all lecturers, enhanced job security in the form of career-like status for lecturers with six or more years of experience who are rated "excellent," improved benefits eligibility for part-time lecturers, additional prohibitions against strikes, and a commitment to review workload issues in targeted programs.

A detailed summary of the tentative agreement will be available shortly on UC's labor relations Web site at:

http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/employees/policies/labor_relations/index.html

The University of California employs approximately 1,600 lecturers systemwide, representing roughly 12 percent of UC's total faculty of 13,000. UC lecturers receive compensation and benefits packages virtually unmatched by any of its competitors.

Additional information about these negotiations is available at:

http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/employees/policies/labor_relations/index.html

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