Teamsters Local 2010 leaders and University of California officials reached an agreement Oct. 20 regarding the ratification of university administrative employee contracts.
The new contract will span four years, going into effect retroactively July 1, and will be in effect through March 31, 2026. The 13,000 administrative staff of the university, including clerical employees, library assistants, childcare teachers and dispatchers who are represented by the Teamsters will be represented under this new contract.
“A 6% raise for all CX Unit workers is retroactive to July 1, 2022, which, in addition to the $3,000 lump sum ratification bonus, will give members a little bit more money in time for late December holidays and the New Year!” said Teamsters Local 2010 spokesperson Aimee Baror in an email.
Among many payment increases, the contract includes annual step increases starting in the second year of the agreement, a $1,000 longevity bonus for CX Teamsters who have 20 years of full-time service at the university and $50 per pay period bilingual pay for medical center workers certified and designated by the university.
Baror said contract benefits include improved out-of-class language, daily overtime pay available working a full eight-hour shift and double pay after 12 hours, as well as improvements to shift differential pay for both campus and medical center employees.
In a press release from the UC Office of the President, or UCOP, the contract “recognizes the vital role” that administrative employees play.
“The University of California, Teamsters Local 2010 leaders, and bargaining team members are pleased that UC’s more than 13,000 clerical employees, library assistants, child care teachers and other administrative staff represented by the Teamsters have ratified a new four-year contract,” said UCOP spokesperson Erika Cervantes in an email.
The negotiations took place from Nov. 5, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022, totaling 47 bargaining sessions over the course of about 11 months, according to Baror.
One aspect of the contract that Teamsters Local 2010 bargained for but did not receive was bilingual pay for all university CX employees that use bilingual skills on the job.
“Members are pretty happy about everything they gained in this contract,” Baror said in the email. “Our Union will continue to work toward pay for all of those who use their bilingual and multilingual skills on the job.”
According to Baror, the most significant difference between the previous contract and the ratified contract is that the average 2.2% step increases will no longer be dependent on favorable employee review. These steps “guarantee progression” through the wage scale, Baror added.
Teamsters CX Unit Bargaining Team will begin negotiations on the next contract with the university by Oct. 1, 2025.