Action #1: March 9-15

Email UC President Janet Napolitano to Demand Middle-Class Salaries for All UC Teaching Faculty

UC teaching faculty have been bargaining for more than ten months to bring stability and dignity to our jobs. We need full-time appointments and middle-class salaries in order to keep doing the work we love: teaching and mentoring the students who count on us.

But UC’s executives and lawyers have yet to bring any serious ideas to the table on our three main priorities: 1) career paths for teaching faculty, 2) ending unpaid service and professional development work, and 3) wages that recognize our expertise, experience, and dedication to the UC’s educational mission.

Over three weeks in March, we’re organizing three quick and easy actions to urge UC’s negotiators to engage with our proposals. Our bargaining campaign has significant momentum, and now is the time when your support for our core priorities can move UC admin in the right direction.

Our first action is an email to President Napolitano about the importance of middle-class salaries.

In bargaining, UC labor relations has proposed low general range adjustments (i.e., COLAs) that do not keep up with inflation and are on the table only if we drop nearly all of our other demands.

Plus, their track record leaves us with little confidence that UC admin actually stands behind its proposal. The UC Office of the President (UCOP) recently reneged on 2019-2020 raises guaranteed by our previous contract. They had agreed to match the general range adjustments (COLAs) that tenure-track faculty received during the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Last year, tenure-track faculty received a 5.3% range adjustment (COLA), while we saw only 3%. When UCOP refused to implement the raise they had bargained for, we filed a grievance, which is now proceeding to arbitration.

The #COLA4ALL movement has brought global attention to the plight of UC graduate students contending with profound rent burdens and devastating financial hardship. The median annual salary for a UC lecturer is $19,900, even less than what a typical graduate student worker earns.

We share this statistic to show how UC admin’s exploitation of cheap labor to fulfill the UC’s core educational mission transcends our bargaining unit and unites students and faculty. Teaching at the UC should not expose us to financial hardship. Click below to stand up for teaching, stand up for students, and take a stand against contingency and precarity.

The Statewide UC-AFT Escalation Team

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