AP Voices: Administrative professionals organizing for change
June 05, 2013
Pressure from APs pays off!
3% pay raise for all UC administrative professionals, effective July 1
UC announced today that non-represented employees would receive pay increases of 3% effective July 1, 2013. The announcement comes after a series of actions by administrative professionals advocating for fair pay raises as part of a campaign to win union representation with University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE).

“We did it!” said Julie Plotkin, a student affairs officer at UCLA. “This shows that working together to advocate for ourselves is the most effective way to make our voices heard.”

Since November 2012, thousands of UC administrative professionals have signed UPTE-sponsored petitions, written letters, and attended the union’s “wage workshops” at each campus to pressure UC for pay increases. The petitions urged the chancellors to follow the lead of Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau, who announced 2% pay raises for Berkeley campus employees effective March 1, 2013.

“We’ve suffered lagging wages from years of no pay increases, compounded by increases in pension contributions and health care costs,” said Scott Bates, a budget analyst at UC Santa Cruz, and one of many administrative professional employees who recently delivered signed petitions to campus chancellors.

“While this is a big victory,” said Keith Pavlik, senior publications coordinator at UCSF, “the best guarantee for regular and fair pay increases is a union contract.” Along with thousands of his colleagues, Pavlik has signed a card supporting UPTE representation. “If you haven’t yet signed in support, please take a moment to do it now so that next year, we’ll be sitting at the bargaining table negotiating more improvements.”

Here’s UC’s announcement of the raises. After you read it, please make your next stop UPTE’s website, where you can learn more about the campaign to gain union representation for UC’s 15,000 administrative professionals, and sign a card in support.

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