AP Voices: Administrative professionals organizing for change
May 02, 2014
1.5% is not enough
We deserve stable, livable pay increases, too. Take a moment to sign the petition to UC President Napolitano.

The university is granting administrative professionals an “overall” increase of 3%, but that figure will be reduced by at least half for an additional pension contribution this year. After years of 0% increases, 1.5% is not enough!

UC President Janet Napolitano announced the average salary increase of 3% for 2014-15, but the 3% is being distributed differently on the campuses (3% across-the-board [ATB] at Santa Cruz, 2% ATB at San Diego with 1% reserved for merit increases, all merit-contingent at UCSF, etc.).

In addition, any pay raise will be reduced at least by half (1.5%) for an additional pension contribution, to take effect 7/1/14, the same date as the salary increase.

Annual pay increase
*This indicates the percentage increase that was allocated for the average of pay increases for staff without union contracts. Not all employees received this amount.
** Furloughs ranging from 4%-8% annual salary reductions were implemented this year
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For seven of the last 13 years, employees without a union received 0% pay increases. Over the last eight years (see chart above), UCOP allocated a total target figure of 9% for pay increases. And then took 3% for pension contributions and 4-7% for one year’s furloughs. After increased health care and parking costs, this is an effective increase close to zero.

Unionized employees have done much better – preserving single tier pensions and getting rid of the Rule of 50 for retiree health benefits–while negotiating stable pay increases for the next three years. (Want to learn more about what UPTE-represented employees negotiated? On UPTE’s website, click on “Contracts” and check out the RX and TX contracts.)

We deserve stable, livable pay increases, too. Take a moment to sign the petition to UC President Napolitano.
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