University of California officials announced today (October 22) that UC has reached an agreement with the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union on a new labor contract for UC's 2,100 health care professional employees. The university reached a tentative agreement with UPTE in mid-August, and received confirmation on Monday, Oct. 20, that union members approved the three-year agreement.
"Our health care professional employees play a critical role in helping UC hospitals and student health centers deliver quality patient care, 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 July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2006, include:
- annual wage increases of 2 to 3 percent for hospital employees (depending on location), retroactive to July 1, 2003;
- improved layoff benefits that give employees the option of severance in lieu of preferential rehire, or combination of reduced severance and preferential rehire rights;
- improved professional development and educational leave benefits, including home or Internet study.
UC hospitals are self-supporting enterprises and pay their operating costs, including employee salaries and benefits, from hospital revenues.
These negotiations began in March 2003 and concluded in August with the parties' tentative agreement. The university cited hard work, respect,and a high level of professionalism on both sides of the bargaining table as key factors in the parties reaching an agreement in just five months.
A detailed summary of the agreement is available at:
The text of the contract will be soon available at:
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