UC lecturers union ratifies agreement with university

The UC-American Federation of Teachers, which represents the university’s more than 3,000 lecturers, has ratified a three-year agreement with the University of California on salaries, health benefits and other workplace issues, according to a press release from the UC Office of the President.

In the newly ratified deal, eligible lecturers will receive a 3 percent raise through the 2011-12 merit increase program for which nonrepresented faculty and staff are also eligible. The contract also guarantees that the lecturers will pay the same rate for health care benefits as systemwide Academic Senate faculty and nonrepresented employees, according to the press release. Additionally, the lecturers will be eligible to participate in the same merit salary increase program in 2012-13 and 2013-14 as nonrepresented, nonstudent academic employees.

The terms of the agreement will run through Sept. 30, 2014.