Thursday, March 5, 2015

Patient-care union objects to UC’s wage terms

From page A3 | July 26, 2013 |

Hospital patient care workers planned to rally and march in Los Angeles this afternoon in response to the University of California’s decision to implement its final wage and benefit offer after more than a year of negotiations.

On Wednesday, UC announced that after negotiations dating to June 2012 it was going forward with a package that included a step increase of 2 percent, as well as a 1.5 percent wage increase on Oct. 1.

The raises affect more than 12,000 union workers — about 2,655 at UC Davis — including respiratory therapists, nursing aides and surgical technicians, as well as security guards and other hospital employees at UC’s five medical centers and student health centers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which held a two-day strike in May, has called for capping pensions to UC executives, as well as safe-staffing committees and limits on what jobs temporary workers and volunteers can perform.

“Yesterday, UC administrators declared war on collective bargaining and doubled down on a disastrous strategy of diverting hundreds of millions of dollars away from the system’s academic and health delivery facilities in order to line the pockets of the highest paid public employees in California,” said Kathryn Lybarger, president of Local 3299 in a news release, on Thursday.

Central to the negotiations have been pension reforms. UC says eight unions have agreed to changes similar to those the state has put into place for other workers.

Under the plan UC is implementing for the AFSCME-represented employees hired before July 1, employee contributions will increase from 5 to 6.5 percent and UC’s from 10 to 12 percent. Employees hired after that date will receive a slightly modified tier of pension benefits.

The package also includes a paid time off program combining vacation and sick leave similar to one available to non-union medical center employees.

The announced raises come on top of 5 percent wage increases union members have received for each of the past two years.

Dwaine Duckett, vice president for systemwide human resources and programs, issued a statement saying UC had repeatedly made fair offers that the union declined.

“We would have preferred to reach a settlement, but this implementation provides our patient care staff with fair wage increases and good benefits now, rather than forcing them to continue waiting through stalled negotiations,” Duckett said.



Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter.


‘The Liar’ will have audiences in stitches

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Hibbert Lumber honored as an Owl Wise Leader

By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Get crackin’ for Yolo Crisis Nursery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Taizé service set Friday at DCC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Climate Lobby will meet March 11

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Be featured in Woodland’s water-wise landscape tour

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

UFC speaker series gives ‘A Winemaker’s Journey’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Speaker will illuminate universe’s dark side

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Fiesta dinner, auction benefit Chávez School

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

World Language Fair brings nations to Davis

By Krystal Lau | From Page: A3

Divorce options covered in Saturday workshop

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Community forum with police will address hate in Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5



Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6



Blue Devil boys mash Marauders

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils’ big inning is the difference in baseball opener

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS golfers dominate Elk Grove

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Davis softball offense explodes for first win

By Chris Saur | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS boys track team has high aspirations

By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Youth roundup: U15 Knights rout El Dorado Hills

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Youth soccer: Barker lights it up for Blue Thunder

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Sports briefs: DHS swimmers speed past Herd

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8





UC Davis bands perform on March 11

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

Wealth of Nations plays Saturday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

‘Witness for the Prosecution’ to be screened Sunday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Hear EZ Street Saturday at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

Resler releases memoir, ‘The Last Protégée’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

Athens Guitar Duo to perform at Davis Arts Center

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8







Comics: Thursday, March 5, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B6