Update on AFSCME Contract Negotiations

DEANS, DIRECTORS, DEPARTMENT CHAIRS & ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

Re: Update on AFSCME Contract Negotiations

University officials at the Office of the President and representatives of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union have jointly announced that they will be returning to the bargaining table to continue negotiations for new labor contracts for the more than 20,000 UC patient care and service workers that AFSCME represents.

The State Mediation and Conciliation Service has recommended that the parties continue bargaining, and negotiations are resuming with the assistance of a neutral third-party mediator.

Accordingly, the union will not be striking UC medical centers and campuses on June 4 and 5 as previously announced.

Both UC and AFSCME are committed to bargaining in good faith and hope to reach an agreement soon.

UC and AFSCME have been in negotiations for the last 10 months for a new contract for more than 11,000 UC patient care technical employees and for the last seven months for a new contract for 8,000 UC service employees.

The 20,000 patient care and service workers include a wide variety of jobs including, but not limited to, medical technologists who take x-rays, MRIs, and mammograms; respiratory therapists who operate breathing machines; medical assistants who clean wounds, bathe and turn patients to prevent infections and bed sores; cleaners who disinfect medical instruments and patient areas; custodians who clean the hospitals and campus dorms; and food service workers who provide cafeteria service to patients and students.

We will keep you informed of major developments.

Sincerely,

Lubbe Levin                                                             Mark A. Speare
Associate Vice Chancellor                                   Senior Associate Director
Campus Human Resources                                  Patient Affairs, Human Resources and Marketing 

 

 

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