UCLA Workers: Late paycheck? Take action!

Today was payday – or it was supposed to be. Despite our proactive outreach to top UC administrators alerting them to the problems with the UCPath payroll system, we have heard from hundreds of workers who were not paid or were paid the wrong amount.

If you are not being paid or being paid the wrong amount:

  1. Report your issue to our union. If you have heard anything about pay from your department or UC administrators, let us know in the comments section.
  2. Call UCPath to see if you might be getting a paper check this month: 310-825-1089. We have heard that this might be the case even for workers who believe they are enrolled in direct deposit.
  3. Contact your elected representatives. As a public institution, UC is accountable to the lawmakers we elect, and they need to take action when UC is not paying its workers. UCLA is represented by Assemblymember Kamlager-Dove, whose office has already made inquiries on our behalf, and Senator Ben Allen. You can copy and paste the text below into the forms available on the representatives’ web pages, or send your message to the email address they list.

Our union has filed grievances and is demanding the University immediately pay the wages owed to student workers and make us whole for other losses, like late fees on credit cards or rent.

For workers in emergency situations, please be advised that UCLA has an emergency loan program, and you can apply for a small, interest-free loan here.

A few other pieces of information:

  • TAs at UCLA who applied for a TA advance loan but have not received it should inquire in Murphy 1113, where many workers have been able to find their paper check.
  • The new contract recently ratified by union members included a one-time bonus of $100; we have learned that if you were entered into the new UC Path system between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, you should receive your bonus in your Dec. 1 check.
  • Check whether you’ve been paid correctly by following this easy checklist.

The letter our Executive Board sent to top UC administrators can be found on our website. You can also read the grievances filed on each affected campus (UCRUCSBUCLAMerced).

In solidarity,

UAW 2865, UCLA

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I work as an Academic Student Employees (ASE) at UCLA.

November 1st was payday, but the University has not paid me or hundreds of my co-workers. This violates our union contract and creates serious hardships for ASEs:

  • Missing or paying rent late,
  • Being unable to pay for groceries and medication,
  • Paying tuition on credit cards, and
  • Being dropped from classes because tuition is not remitted/paid.

UC’s new payroll system UCPath caused the failure to pay us on time, despite grievances (UCRUCSBUCLAMerced) and a letter to UC’s Senior Leadership urging them to ensure our timely pay. This not only hurts ASEs, but also wastes precious state resources–the California State Auditor projected that UCPath would cost UC $942 million.

Please contact UCLA Chancellor Block and urge them to pay us immediately and make us whole for any harm resulting from the failure of UCPath.