The University of California today (July 30) announced tentative five-year agreements with the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union for UC’s approximately 13,000 health care, research and technical professionals.

“We are very pleased to have reached these agreements with UPTE, giving our employees the competitive pay and excellent benefits they so deserve,” said Peter Chester, the university’s executive director of labor relations. “These employees make significant contributions to UC’s mission and we deeply appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

UPTE-represented employees will vote in the next few weeks to ratify the contracts, which include the following highlights:

  • Compensation: Across-the-board increases of 20 percent for health care professionals and 22 percent for research and technical professionals over five years, plus performance-based step increases and equity increases as appropriate.
  • Health benefits: The same rates as other employees, plus a $25 cap on monthly premium increases on UC’s most popular HMO plans.
  • Retirement benefits: New employees will receive the same pension benefits as current UPTE-represented employees until April 2021, after which time either side may reopen the issue. This is similar to UC’s 2018 agreement with the California Nurses Association.

The two contracts would be effective until fall 2024.