Current Status of Contract Articles

Your Bargaining Team has been in bargaining since February 2018. Our current contract expires June 30, 2018. Here is a comprehensive bargaining proposals update. 

Article 1: Recognition

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • We have proposed signing a tentative agreement on this article on the condition that management agrees that the job codes they are proposing to remove from the contract will be permanently retired so that they can’t bring them back in the future and deprive workers of their union rights.
  • UC Admin’s 3/22/18 Proposal
    • Admin has proposed eliminating a handful of job codes under this article. No workers have been employed under the job codes that admin is proposing to eliminate since Fall 2014.

Article 2: Appointment Notification

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Year-long appointments unless the Academic Student Employee (ASE) does not want a year-long appointment
    • Expanded items in appointment letters, including a full list of ADA-compliant classrooms
  • UC Admin’s 5/3 Proposal
    • Appointment notifications sent by email
    • Informing ASEs of their right to lactation support
    • A statement about accommodation rights for ASEs

Article 3: Appointment Security

  • This is one of the strongest articles in our contract and has been tested through arbitration. We decided that no changes were necessary and we signed a tentative agreement on current contract language.

Article 4: Childcare reimbursement

  • Our Union’s 4/3/18 Proposal
    • Free on-campus childcare or equivalent subsidies for off-campus childcare
    • Waives waitlist fees at all campuses
    • Expands ages of children eligible for childcare reimbursement
  • UC Admin’s Latest Proposal
    • Admin has proposed current contract language for this article as part of their 5/30 package proposal at UCSC.

Article 5: Classifications

  • Our Union’s 4/20/18 Proposal
    • This proposal maintains the status quo with classifications (which have been working fairly well across the system), with a couple of important changes:
      • Requiring ASEs doing TA work at UCSD be paid as TAs, in order to address a loophole in our contract which allows tutors to do TA work and for the university to appoint individuals in the Biological Sciences dept as unpaid “Instructional Assistants”
      • Preventing the University from providing academic credit in lieu of wages to tutors at UCSD
    • One of the issues with this article is that someone who is looking to find a description of the job duties for a Teaching Assistant at UCLA, for instance, would not be able to find it in our contract. Therefore, we have proposed to management that the contract includes a description of the “status quo” of ASE classifications on each campus. This isn’t a change to the current contract, it is a clarification of what the “status quo” currently is. We think this will be helpful in enforcing the contract.
  • UC Admin’s Latest Proposal
    • Admin has proposed current contract language for this article as part of their 5/30 package proposal at UCSC.

Article 6: Defined Contribution and University Retirement Plan(s)

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Proposes to define all ASEs working in Summer Session as sufficiently enrolled students to not be required to contribute to their retirement plan. This addresses the Safe Harbor issue that is the subject of an ongoing grievance now at arbitration.
  • UC Admin Latest Proposal
    • Admin has proposed current contract language for this article as part of their 5/30 package proposal at UCSC.

Article 7: Definitions

  • We signed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Article 8: Discipline & Dismissal

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Requires notifying ASEs subject to possible discipline of their right to Union representation
    • Insists that investigatory leave is not an appropriate method of discipline, and ensures that investigatory leave will not cause workload issues for other workers in the same course

Article 9: Emergency Layoff

  • UC has never invoked this article and our Union has done a good job enforcing our rights during natural disasters (e.g. the SB Thomas fire & mudslides) with current contract language. We signed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Article 10: Employment Files(s) and Evaluations

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Addresses impact of systemic patterns of bias, discrimination & harassment in evaluations by allowing for deletion of “inaccurate, discriminatory, and/or abusive” student evaluations and placement of a rebuttal for supervisor evaluations
  • UC Admin’s 5/3 Proposal
    • Does not include student evaluation deletions, and has a weaker version of supervisor evaluations

Article 11: Fee Remission

  • Our Union’s 4/20 Proposal
    • Expands eligibility for fee remission to anyone with an ASE appointment
    • Expands fee and tuition waiver to cover all fees and tuition, including non-residential tuition and campus fees
    • Requires central administration and/or UCOP to pay for the cost of fee remission out of their own budgets, so that departmental budgets are not squeezed by the central administration
  • UC Admin’s Latest Proposal
    • Admin have proposed current contract language for this article as part of their 5/30 package proposal at UCSC

Article 12: Grievance & Arbitration

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Lengthens timeline for filing grievances to 90 days, except for non-discrimination (article 20) cases where we are proposing a longer timeline
    • Eliminates bifurcation of an arbitration process, which the university often uses to slow down the arbitration process
    • Eliminates penalty for the union not meeting grievance step timelines, given that there are no penalties for the UC admin not meeting grievance timelines.
  • UC Admin’s 4/20 Proposal
    • Proposes to place all SVSH grievances in abeyance while the Title IX investigation proceeds, damaging our ability to use grievances to address these cases
    • Addition of a new step in the grievance process, as well as lengthening numerous existing timelines
    • Many other problematic additions to this article intended to drag out the process, limit its applicability, or deny grievances based on technicalities.

Article 13: Health & Safety

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Gives ASEs the right to refuse unsafe work without fearing retaliation
    • Detailed protections for ergonomics and lab safety
    • Demanding that that University limit on-campus access for ICE, DHS, and other federal immigration authorities
    • Disarming and demilitarizing the UCPD
  • UC Admin Proposal
    • Admin have proposed current contract language for this article as part of their 5/30 package proposal at UCSC

Article 14: Health Insurance

  • Our Union’s 5/30 Proposal
    • Requires UC to cover 100% of health insurance premiums for dependents of ASEs
    • Harmonizes benefit standards across the UC system so that all campuses receive the highest level of access and coverage of any campus in the system.
    • Zero out-of-pocket cost for mental health services at UC health facilities
  • UC Admin’s Latest proposal
    • Admin have proposed current contract language for this article as part of 5/30 package proposal at UCS

Article 15: Holidays

  • We reached tentative agreement on current contract language on April 4th. Instead of opening this article, we placed various items in our leaves and non-discrimination proposals covering religious observance.

Article 16: Labor-Management Meetings

  • We reached tentative agreement on current contract language on May 2nd. This article has served us well and has no major issues.

Article 17: Leaves

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Expanding existing duration & pay for leaves such as: maternity, parental care for a newborn/adoption, Family Medical Leave, pregnancy, sick, bereavement
    • Adding pay and recognition of new sections for leaves for immigration-related issues and visiting incarcerated family members
    • Expands recognition of family members
  • UC Admin’s 5/3 Proposal
    • No substantive improvements.

Article 18: Management and Academic Rights

  • While there are parts of this article that need improvement, we are currently proposing current contract language in order to focus on making improvements to our grievance and arbitration and no strikes articles.

Article 19: Labor Peace

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Renamed to Labor Peace
    • Allows our union to strike over grievances during the life of the contract to enforce our rights
    • Removes right of management to dock our pay if we engage in sympathy strikes with other unions

Article 20: Non-Discrimination

  • Our Union’s 5/30 Proposal
    • Interim measures and strong remedies for all forms of harassment and discrimination. These interim measures and remedies must be voluntary and equitable for the ASE
    • The University must complete its investigation into ASE complaints of harassment and/or discrimination within 30 days. This is aimed at preventing Title IX from dragging out the investigation process
    • Improve and expand gender-neutral bathrooms
    • Improve ease of access to lactation stations
    • Peer-to-peer anti-harassment and discrimination training
  • UC Admin’s 5/30 Proposal
    • Prevents ASEs who have experienced harassment and/or discrimination from using the grievance process concurrently with Title IX
    • Gives the University sole discretion in determining which interim measures are implemented when an ASE’s workplace is made unsafe
    • No expansion of gender-neutral bathrooms or lactation access
  • Next steps:
    • Both sides agree with the need to expand interim measures in cases of discrimination and harassment, but we are not in agreement with the University’s insistence on its sole decision making authority regarding interim measures and discretion/scope of Title IX at the expense of survivor-centered processes

Article 21: Parking

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Retain language regarding participation in campus transit programs.
    • Mandate that the university bargain with the union over changes to parking facilities, parking and transit regulations, and transit and bicycle programs
    • Reimburse ASEs for 50% of the cost of parking passes and the full cost of public transit passes
  • UC Admin’s 4/19 Proposal
    • Besides removing Santa Cruz specific language, management wants to maintain current contract language.
  • Next steps:
    • We both agree to end the exemptions for UCSC in the current article. However, UC admin says they do not want to grant us free or discounted parking because parking is a self-supporting entity of UC operations. They also claim that no other group of employees received free or subsidized parking.

Article 22: Posting

  • While there are a couple parts of this article that could use improvement, we are currently proposing current contract language in order to focus on other articles needing more significant changes.

Article 23: Severability

  • We signed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Article 24: Summer Session

  • Our Union’s 5/2 Proposal
    • Eliminates exceptions to provisions of the contract (i.e. tuition waivers) that exist during the summer session. Requires that all provisions of the contract apply to the summer session.
    • We have moved the wages provision in this article to our wages article (Article 29)
  • UC Admin’s Latest proposal
    • Admin have proposed current contract language for this article as part of their 5/30 package proposal at UCSC

Article 25: Training and Orientation

  • Our Union’s 4/20 Proposal
    • Clarifies that pedagogy courses are part of training and should be paid ASE work
    • Prevents university from requiring ASEs to do pedagogy classes for academic credit without receiving pay.
  • UC Admin’s Latest proposal (link)
    • Admin have proposed current contract language for this article as part of their 5/30 package proposal at UCSC

Article 26: Travel

  • We signed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Article 27: Union Access and Rights

  • Our Union’s 5/30 Proposal
    • Union access to departmental orientations so that new grad students and ASEs can be informed of their rights and protections under our contract by a peer in their department
    • Paid ASEs who are appointed by our union to help enforcement of our contract
    • Joint labor-management trainings for university managers to improve the administration of the contract
  • UC Admin’s 5/30 Proposal
    • Union orientation is a required part of the ASE orientation process.

Article 28: Union Security

  • We proposed a tentative agreement on current contract language, pending any changes to the law which may affect this article.

Article 29: Wages

  • Our Union’s 5/30 Proposal
    • Parity with UC’s peer institutions and wage increases to keep pace with the skyrocketing cost of living
    • Preventing UC from being able to lower stipends and fellowships in response to wage increases negotiated in our contract
    • Giving ASEs the right to be paid twice monthly
  • UC Admin’s 5/30 Proposal
    • Wage increases of 2% per year for the next four years, amounting to a real wage decrease when accounting for inflation (expected 3.5% for 2019)

Article 30: Waiver

  • We signed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Article 31: Workload

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • A maximum 30-to-1 ratio of students to 50% FTE TAs
    • When an ASE goes over their workload limit, their supervisor is required to consult with the ASE about workload remedies that preserve the quality of education (i.e. no scantron remedies).
    • Instructors of Record must be appointed to at least a 75% FTE appointment if they teach a four-credit class in a quarter (5 credit class in a semester) and/or have 100 or more students.
  • UC Admin’s 2/28 Proposal
    • Eliminates the expedited process for addressing workload overages

Article 32: Workspace and Instructional Support

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Improves access to facilities, services, texts and instructional support for ASEs to carry out work duties
    • ASE access to office space, teaching space, mailbox, computer, printing and photocopying, texts and/or reading material, all-gender restrooms, and web-based during all hours of the day, every day of the week for the duration of their appointment
  • UC Admin’s 5/3 Proposal
    • Provides access to teaching supplies and art/performance studio space, if applicable

Article XX Reasonable Accommodations (new appendix proposal)

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • The interactive process for ASEs requesting reasonable accommodations will be done on a definite timeline and will require the consent of the ASE before any reasonable accommodation is implemented
    • Access to union representation for ASEs pursuing the interactive process
    • The Central Administration and/or UCOP will cover all costs associated with providing reasonable accommodations
  • UC Admin’s 5/3 proposal
    • Reasonable accommodation to qualified Academic Student Employees who are disabled or become disabled and need assistance to perform the essential functions of their jobs
    • Interactive process for ASEs to request reasonable accommodations, but the university may implement any accommodation at will, without the consent of the ASE

Article XX – Housing (New Article Proposal)

  • Our Union’s 5/30 Proposal
    • UC on-campus rental rates will be no more than 30% of average ASE salaries
    • Housing stipends for ASEs who live off campus
    • The ability of our union to bargain with UC over changes to housing on campus, including demolition and construction.
  • Next Steps:
    • Admin has not made a formal housing proposal. Instead, they have emphasized that they want to address housing issues through our wages article (Article 19), but their proposed wage increases are far below the increase in the cost of housing.

Appendix A: UC/UAW Grievance Form

  • No changes were needed to this article. We have proposed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Appendix B: Panel of Arbitrators

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Collapses the northern and southern panel of arbitrators into one statewide panel.
  • UC Admin’s 4/20 Proposal

Appendix C: Description of Duties / ASE checklist

  • We have proposed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Appendix D: Summer Session Side Letter

  • We have proposed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Appendix E: Fee Remission Side Letter

  • Our union’s fee remission (Article 11) proposal (full remission of all mandatory fees, including non-residential tuition and professional degree fees) makes this article irrelevant. We have proposed striking the article as part of our 6/7 package proposal.

Appendix F: Academic Student Employees Participation in the UC Defined Contribution Plan

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Requires the University to investigate its holdings and divest from any company whose business and labor practices violate human rights.
    • Establishes labor-management Ethical Investments Committee
  • UC Admin’s Latest proposal
    • Admin have proposed current contract language for this article as part of their 5/30 package proposal at UCSC

Appendix G: Joint Committee on All-Gender Restrooms

  • We have proposed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Appendix H: Instructional Opportunities Committee Side Letter

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Expands Instructional Opportunities Committee to support undocumented students
    • 24-hour legal hotline staffed with immigration attorneys for students and/or employees affected, or potentially affected, by travel bans/restrictions and any other immigration-related issues, as well as free legal resources for immigrant and international students, in their preferred language
    • Appointment security for ASEs unable to carry out their work duties due to changes to immigration law

Appendix I: Teaching Assistant Classification Side Letter

  • No changes were needed to this article. We have proposed a tentative agreement on this article with current contract language.

Appendix XX: Eliminating Caps and Limitations on ASE Employment (New Appendix Proposal)

  • Our Union’s 6/7 Proposal
    • Eliminates all caps and limitations on ASE employment, including the 18 quarter/12 semester limit which prevents advanced graduate students from receiving ASE employment