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The University Professional & Technical Employees Union has OK’d a four-year contract with the University of California that exempts members from a two-tier pension plan.

Members in the technical and research bargaining units gave the deal a 95 percent “yes” vote last week, according to a news release. Ninety-three percent of members in the health care professional bargaining unit backed the deal.

It includes wage increases totaling 11.5 percent to 13 percent over four years, plus regular step pay increases.

Members will pay an additional 1 percent to keep all major features of the pension plan, on top of the 8 percent paid by other employees.

UC had proposed the two-tier system it put into place for non-union employees. It pushes back the minimum retirement age from 50 to 55 and the age for reaching maximum benefits from 60 to 65.

UPTE/Communication Workers of America Local 9119 represents more than 12,000 workers. They include clinical lab scientists, pharmacists, computer resource specialists, social workers and writers. About 2,200 members work on UCD’s main and Sacramento campuses.

In about two months’ time, UC has reached agreements with unions representing some 27,500 workers, including lecturers, nurses, librarians and police officers.

UPTE’s success with preserving a one-tier pension plan could open a path for the 22,000-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, which represents food service, custodial and hospital care workers.

The union remains at loggerheads with the university after strikes in May and November.

The 13,000 student workers represented by the United Auto Workers Local 2865 held a sympathy strike on Nov. 20. They also remains without a deal.

— Reach Cory Golden at cgolden@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8046. Follow him on Twitter at @cory_golden

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  • Rich RifkinDecember 21, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    When public agencies report their labor contracts, they ought to be required to report the total compensation costs which are built in over each year of the contract. And then they need to explain where the money will come from to pay those expenses each year. ……………… “The (12,000 member) University Professional & Technical Employees Union has OKed a four-year contract with the University of California. ... It includes wage increases totaling 11.5 percent to 13 percent over four years, plus regular step pay increases." ...……...... I’m interested to know how much money it cost (including salary, benefits, pension and retiree medical contributions) in 2013 to employ those 12,000+ people; and then to know how much UC expects it will cost to employ that same number in 2017? The 13% salary raise (which is 1.65 times greater than expected inflation) does not tell the whole story. Pension contribution rates are inflating 12%-15% per year; and medical costs (for public employees in our state) have been going up 10% annually. UC may find it has a budget problem in 4 years.

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