UC System Avoids Strike With Last Gasp Agreement

Written by Sasha Reva

A historic five-year agreement with the University of California averted a planned walkout of professors, lecturers and faculty members. The University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT)  was planning a walkout at all nine UC campuses due to multiple labor issues that lasted more than two years. Non-tenured professors, lecturers, and other faculty members were scheduled to partake in a two-day walkout. The UC-AFT represents lecturers and adjunct professors who are hired on a yearly or quarterly basis. Many lecturers and professors in the UC system had originally planned to never return to teaching at a UC due to the lack of job security and lack of benefits. 

However, the union and the school system finally agreed to a contract covering more than 6,500 employees that “revolutionizes the first six years of a lecturer’s career at the UC.” The agreement includes a transition plan providing job stability provisions, a pathway to become a senior lecturer, $1,500 signing bonus and 3% annual salary increments, eligibility for paid medical leave, increased support for members with children, expanded retirement and health benefits.  The transition plan will take effect on July 1, 2022. 

“The University is proud of the dedication and commitment to harmonious labor relations both sides demonstrated to achieve a fair deal that honors our lecturers and prioritizes the University’s instructional mission,” said UC’s executive director.

The agreement must still be voted on by union members before it goes into effect. The vote is expected to begin later this week.

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