To Our Valued Employees

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Hello, and welcome to In the Know—your go-to place for current and reliable labor relations information. 

It’s important to note that negotiations for full contracts of our systemwide bargaining units with unions are conducted by the University of California, not local campuses or health systems.

We know you may hear differing information about the status of union negotiations from various sources, so we wanted to make sure you are equipped with facts and information about what UCSF, UCSF Health and the University of California are doing and why.

UCSF and UCSF Health have a truly exceptional work force. Thank you for all you contribute, every day, to help UCSF and UCSF Health achieve its mission of caring, healing, teaching and discovery.

We invite you to check this site often. Questions are welcomed.


Oct 1, 2018

October 1, 2018 Dear colleague:   I am writing to let you know that UC is increasing your wages and providing you and your patient care technical colleagues with good health and retirement benefits. As we informed you, we recently presented AFSCME leaders with a final settlement offer that they rejected:

Oct 1, 2018

UC, CNA reach agreement on new contract for nurses The University of California and the California Nurses Association have reached an agreement on a new four-year labor contract for UC’s more than 14,000 nurses who work in UC medical and student health facilities. UC and CNA negotiators reached a tentative agreement on September 14 and nurses recently voted to approve the agreement.

Sep 20, 2018

Due to a lack of progress and more than a year of bargaining for a contract covering healthcare professional staff, UC has informed the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union that it will ask the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to certify negotiations are at an impasse and appoint a mediator to assist in negotiations. UC hopes that a state-appointed mediator will help pave the way for an agreement.

Aug 30, 2018

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.

Aug 27, 2018

UC is committed to providing competitive pay and benefits for all employees. Current wages for UC service workers are 17% higher than similar positions in the same markets. Previously, UC proposed to AFSCME leaders increasing service workers’ pay an additional 12% over the next four years.