• Bargaining Update #11 – May 14, 2024

    Bargaining Update #11 – May 14, 2024

    Spring is almost over and it feels like Summer is just around the corner. This week graduations are taking place across the Berkeley, Merced, and San Francisco campuses. Midterms are in full swing at Davis, Irvine, UCLA, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. And yesterday we had our 11th contract bargaining session with…

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  • Bargaining Update #10 – May 3, 2024

    Bargaining Update #10 – May 3, 2024

    This past Friday we had our 10th bargaining session with the University. We appreciate all of you for following along and engaging in this campaign. We wouldn’t be here without you all!  In our session, we covered critical ground on a number of consequential topics. We made significant gains with workload, we proposed more precise…

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  • Bargaining Update #9 – April 16, 2024

    Bargaining Update #9 – April 16, 2024

    After a short break since our last bargaining, your UC-AFT librarian table team returned to the table today at UC Berkeley Law. We passed four proposals, and the University passed two. Remember that “passing a proposal” means sharing our suggested changes to contract language across the bargaining table. There are often several counter proposals that…

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  • Bargaining Update #8 – March 15, 2024

    Bargaining Update #8 – March 15, 2024

    We were back at the Zoom bargaining table this week for another round of negotiations with the University. And it was a pretty substantial day—both UC-AFT and the University passed the last of our initial rounds of proposals! We passed significant contract proposals relating to workload creep and proposed processes and protections surrounding that, and…

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  • Bargaining Update #7 – March 5, 2024

    Bargaining Update #7 – March 5, 2024

    Today, your U17 table team met at the Langson Library at UC Irvine. We passed significant contract proposals for salary and benefits.  UC-AFT Proposals Article 13 – Salary UC-AFT’s counter to the lackluster proposal offered by the University on February 8 salary began with a detailed and compelling presentation by Laurel McPhee (UCSD), which outlined…

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  • Bargaining Update #6 – February 22, 2024

    Bargaining Update #6 – February 22, 2024

    Today your UC-AFT Librarians’ Table Team met with the University for our 6th contract bargaining session, our second session on Zoom. We were joined by observers in the Zoom room who included union librarians, UC-AFT staff, and supporters. We had another productive session, which included discussion of previously-passed proposals from both sides of the virtual…

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  • Bargaining Update #5 – February 8, 2024

    Bargaining Update #5 – February 8, 2024

    Today the UC-AFT Librarian Table Team traveled to windy UC Davis for our fifth bargaining session with the University. We presented a very robust package of proposals that relate to what it means to be a UC librarian and our peer review process. The University also shared an initial proposal for salary. It’s been an…

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  • Bargaining Update #4 – January 30, 2024

    Bargaining Update #4 – January 30, 2024

    Yesterday, the UC-AFT Librarian table team logged onto Zoom to conduct our fourth bargaining session with the University. We had an incredibly productive day passing proposals and engaging in constructive negotiations with the UC.  Our bargaining is moving into some of the contract areas crucial to enabling librarians to function and excel as academics. And…

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  • Bargaining Update #3 – January 19, 2024

    Bargaining Update #3 – January 19, 2024

    Welcome to the new year, and together we are all working diligently toward a new contract! On Friday, January 19, the UC-AFT Unit 17 table team met for our third bargaining session at UCLA. Here’s an update on our progress.  UC-AFT Proposals Article 32 – Flexible Work Arrangements Your bargaining team passed our initial proposal…

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  • Librarian Contract Bargaining Update #2 – December 4, 2023

    Librarian Contract Bargaining Update #2 – December 4, 2023

    Dear UC-AFT Unit 17 Librarians:  Today your librarian table team convened for a day of contract bargaining at UC Berkeley. Despite a few travel challenges due to fog in the bay area, our team was super productive in our bargaining session (An observation: Wouldn’t it be better if we could avoid these unexpected issues by…

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