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UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Blog 2019-20

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Updates

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #17 Zoom March 21

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Session #17

March 21, 2020


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With the entire State of California now under a “stay at home” order, this week was UC-AFT’s first virtual bargaining session convened on Zoom. Berkeley Law lecturer and bargaining team member Ben Brown opened the session with a powerful personal statement that eloquently situated the events of the past two weeks in the context of our ongoing contract negotiations.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #16 UC San Diego March 13

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March 13, 2020

UC San Diego

Advocating for Teaching Faculty in the Midst of Crisis

Teaching faculty across the UC system are facing new challenges and stressors as the COVID-19 pandemic affects our work and home lives. On Friday, the UC-AFT negotiating team came to the table with A) stories from members about the heroic efforts UC-AFT faculty are making to keep teaching and reaching students during the crisis, and B) proposals to ensure high quality instruction this spring and protect the safety and livelihoods of our members.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Session #15 UC Riverside

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March 6, 2020

UC Riverside


Here to Bargain despite UC Admin’s Shenanigans

Thousands of teaching faculty in our bargaining unit have been working for more than a month without a contract. As our volunteer bargaining team and a large contingent of student allies were settling into the designated bargaining room on Friday morning, the UC’s negotiators tried to move the session to an off-campus location because, in their words, the on-campus location was “disruptive.”

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update and FAQ

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update and FAQ's
February 11, 2020

By Mia L. McIver, Ph.D.
Pre-Continuing Lecturer, UCLA Writing Programs
President, UC-AFT
Chief Negotiator, UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Unit

Click the questions below to raise the response on the screen, or scroll down to read the full FAQ's. 

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Session #14 UC Davis January 29-31, 2020

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January 29-31, 2020
UC Davis

Contract Expired...Here’s Why and What it Means

At the end of the day on January 31, after three days of bargaining, UC’s team offered a two month contract extension. In response, our team followed the plan we agreed to with our statewide Contract Campaign Committee, and we made a counter offer that would allow a one month extension if UC would sign an agreement to address a standing grievance over salary increases and to commit to pass proposals by February 21 that would accept key concepts from our workload and job security demands.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #13 UC Irvine January 22-23, 2020

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A tentative agreement (TA) is reached when both sides accept proposed language for an article and agree to set it aside until agreement is reached on all other articles.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #12 UC Berkeley January 15, 2020

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At 8pm on Monday the 13th, UC’s chief negotiator, Nadine Fishell, cancelled bargaining on 14th. This last minute cancellation cost us valuable time. The clock was ticking toward contract expiration and every minute counted. Most of our team had already travelled to Berkeley, so we made the most of it and had a productive day working in-person on our proposals.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #11 UCSB December 12-13

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Constance Penley, statewide president of the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) and UCSB senate faculty member, read a statement from CUCFA in support of our bargaining campaign and added her own powerful words of solidarity. She warned UCOP representatives “not to underestimate the strength of the ladder faculty support for our colleagues who are lecturers” and noted that major faculty and scholarly organizations such as AAUP and MLA have prioritized improving conditions for contingent faculty nationwide. She stressed that UCOP needs to finally “recognize, respect and reward the vital contributions that lecturers -- our colleagues -- make to the campus community.”

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #10 UCLA December 3

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Our members and student allies showed up in force at UCLA with a presence that filled the room all day. Several members gave moving testimony about failures in the appointment and reappointment process, delayed and/or forgotten merit reviews, including one unfairly punishing a new mother, as well as crooked attempts by the university to change employment terms mid-contract.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #9 UC Merced November 14-15

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We shared the resolution recently passed by the UC Berkeley Academic Senate Division Council in support of us and our demands. A similar resolution was adopted by the UC Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate, and additional statements of support are in the works on other campuses. We’re grateful for this faculty solidarity and the recognition that precarity and contingency are problems for a united faculty to solve.