After almost a week of marathon bargaining sessions, ARs have reached the proposed terms of the first-ever Academic Researcher collective bargaining agreement with UC!!!!! To finalize the agreement, the University needs to seek authorization from their Executive leadership, which should happen on 10/31.

ARU Bargaining Team Members celebrate reaching tentative agreement!

The proposed terms include:

  • Salary scale increases of 4%-7% percent on January 1, 2020, additional increases of 3-5% on July 1, 2020
  • Total salary scale increases over the life of the contract of 14%-24%
  • Increased job security: Longer appointments, layoff protections, and protection from unfair termination
  • Provisions to ensure all ARs receive merit increases and promotions on time
  • Locked in employee contribution rates to UC retirement plans
  • Strong protections against discrimination and harassment
  • More flexible and guaranteed leaves of absence for all Academic Researchers
  • Commitment from UC to work together to identify a funding source for bridge funding
  • Successor contract negotiations in 2022 will take place at the same time as 19,000 UC Academic Student Employees, increasing bargaining power for both
  • Click here to read the agreements