AP Voices: Administrative professionals organizing for change
March 21, 2013
Pay raises in Berkeley? What about pay raises for all!
In a surprise (and welcome) announcement, Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced that he was granting an across-the-board 2% pay increase to all Berkeley non-managerial employees not covered by a union contract. The raises became effective March 1. Birgeneau’s announcement came on the heels of UC president Mark Yudof’s announcement a week earlier that there would be no pay increases for employees without a union contract.

Birgeneau acknowledged that years of non-existent and inadequate pay raises have left university staff woefully under market-value. A UCB spokesperson reported that funding for the raises, estimated at approximately $10 million, will come from investment income.

The pay for UC staff without union contracts has suffered tremendously for several years. We all deserve a fair pay raise. Here’s what you can do to help make that a reality:

  • Download the petition asking your campus chancellor to do the right thing and give unrepresented staff a fair pay increase. Ask your co-workers to sign on. Contact UPTE for a pickup of the signed petition (contact information is at bottom of petition).
  • If you haven’t yet signed an “authorization card” supporting a union for administrative professional employees, please do so now.
  • Host a meeting in your workplace and let your co-workers meet the union and ask any questions they may have about organizing with UPTE and the difference a union can make at UC.
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