Monday, Nov. 17, 2003
Paul Schwartz (510) 987-9924


University of California officials announced today (Nov. 17) that UC has reached an agreement with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union on a new labor contract for UC's 425 librarians. The university reached a tentative agreement with AFT at the end of September, and received confirmation last week that union members approved the three-year agreement.

"Our librarians play a very important role in helping UC carry out its research and instructional mission, and we are very pleased to have reached an agreement that acknowledges their excellent work," said Judith W. Boyette, UC associate vice president for human resources and benefits.

Key features of the new contract, effective through Aug. 30, 2006, include:

Salary: Librarians will be eligible for the same general range adjustments and merit programs in those years where such increases are provided to non-represented academic employees. The parties also agreed to discuss appropriate market measures for librarian salaries, including appropriate comparison institutions, salary data information and benchmarks.

Benefits: Librarians retiring after 10 years of service at the rank of senior librarian will receive benefits equivalent to benefits currently enjoyed by non-Senate emeriti (facility access, database resources, etc.). Emeriti benefits (and these benefits by extension) at each location are subject to change at UC's discretion.

New hourly librarian test program: Establishes a pilot program giving UC ability to appoint hourly librarians to fill short-term intermittent need. Under existing terms, UC could only appoint librarians on a percentage basis.

No sympathy strikes: Clarifies the no strikes provision to include an expressed prohibition against sympathy strikes.

Negotiations btween the AFT and UC began in late April 2003 and concluded in September with a tentative agreement.

The text of the contract will be soon available at:


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