The University of California has reached a four-year contract with the United Auto Workers concerning UC’s academic student employees, recognizing their significant contributions to the university’s teaching mission and undergraduate education.
“Academic student employees play a crucial role in supporting faculty, lecturers, other staff and fellow UC students,” said Dwaine Duckett, UC’s vice president of human resources. “This agreement underscores the university’s appreciation for their hard work and dedication.”
Among the highlights of the systemwide agreement:
- Annual wage increases of 3 percent for the next four years
- A one-time payment of $100 for every eligible employee
- A child care subsidy of $3,300 per year
- $300 annually for campus fee remission, starting in January 2019 (as a new benefit)
- The establishment of a joint labor-management committee on sexual harassment issues and training, giving academic student employees a voice on this important issue
- Provisions that provide enhanced support with respect to disabilities, lactation and immigration issues
There are nearly 12,000 academic student employees at UC, including graduate student instructors, teaching fellows and tutors across the nine undergraduate campuses.