Hours before a strike would ensue, the University of California (UC) system finally came to their senses and agreed with the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) to settle a new contract.
The UC-AFT, which negotiates on behalf of UC lecturers, announced Wednesday morning that this new contract is the “strongest in UC-AFT history.”
According to the UC-AFT Table Team – the lecturers’ bargaining team – the team won large with job stability, workload, compensation, and paid family leave.
The tentative deal states that multi-year appointments will be allocated in the first six years of teaching, with a one-year appointment, followed by two-year, then three-year deals. UC lecturers would receive a three percent merit pay increase after reviews for every reappointment.
The potential deal, pending approval by UC lecturers, would raise the salary floor, with an average of 30 percent salary increases for the life of the new contract, a $1,500 bonus for every member upon ratification, nine percent raises for lowest paid members 60 days after ratification, and a cost-of-living wage increase until July 1, 2025. Additionally, all lecturers would be eligible for four weeks of fully paid leave to bond with a new child or care for ailing family members, which is in addition to six weeks of filly paid pregnancy disability leave that the union previously won.
This is an enormous victory and CFA proudly supports UC-AFT and their efforts to affect important changes for all of their members. Had a strike ensued, CFA members planned to be in-person with our UC colleagues across the state.