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UC, AFSCME reach agreement on wages, benefits

The University of California and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees have finalized contracts covering more than 20,000 employees at UC campuses and medical centers.

UC and AFSCME reached a tentative agreement on Sept. 22, 2011. Union members voted Oct. 5-7 to ratify the agreement.

Negotiations were limited to a select number of issues tied to the current contracts, which will expire in about a year. Key topics included wages, healthcare benefits and contributions to the UC Retirement Plan.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with AFSCME,” said Dwaine Duckett, vice president of human resources. “Moving forward, we hope we can find ways for UC and the union to join forces and work together on issues that are of mutual interest.”

Employees covered under the contracts include patient care staff, such as hospital assistants and hospital laboratory technicians; and service workers, such as custodians and mail processors.

To read more about the agreement, go to story on the UC Newsroom.

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