UC and union reach agreement

The University of California and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees ratified an agreement on a contract that will affect more than 20,000 employees at UC campuses and medical centers, the UC Office of the President announced Monday.

The contract will increase wages for patient care and service employees 3 percent starting Nov. 1, as well as provide continued health care benefits and pension payments for employees, according to a UC Office of the President press release.

Starting Oct. 1, 2012, wages for these employees will increase an additional 3 percent. The minimum wage of $13.70 an hour for service employees, which will go into effect Nov. 1, will jump to $14.42 per hour starting Oct. 1, 2012.

Union members, who reached a tentative agreement on a contract with the university in September, voted to ratify the agreement last week.