UC gives AFSCME final settlement offer

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After more than a year of bargaining, on Aug. 29 UC gave AFSCME leaders a final settlement offer, in another attempt to secure a fair contract for patient care employees. UC’s offer includes enhanced wages, limits on health care cost increases, and a lump-sum payment for career patient care employees.

Highlights of UC’s final settlement offer

Guaranteed Pay Increases

3 percent across-the-board wage increases for all patient care employees in each of the next four years.

Lump sum Payment

Every eligible patient care employee would receive a one-time payment of $750 (prorated by appointment percentage) once a contract is ratified.

Excellent Health Benefits

Quality health benefits at the same rates as other UC employees with similar salaries. Additionally, UC is offering to continue a limit of $25 per month on premium increases for patient care employees in UC’s Kaiser and Health Net Blue & Gold plans.

Excellent Retirement Benefits

Current employees will see no change in their pension benefits.

Future employees hired after a new contract is ratified will have a choice between a traditional pension or a 401(k)-style plan. Few employers offer their employees a traditional pension, much less a choice.

Unions representing UC clerical staff, lecturers, librarians and campus physicians have already agreed to UC’s retirement choice program. You deserve a contract — not more conflict. Negotiations with AFSCME have dragged on for more than a year. It’s time for you to have the pay increases and excellent benefits UC is offering. You deserve a fair contract — not more conflict!

You deserve a contract — not more conflict.

Negotiations with AFSCME have dragged on for more than a year. It’s time for you to have the pay increases and excellent benefits UC is offering. You deserve a fair contract — not more conflict!