New UCOP labor data doesn't impact UCSC's wage proposals

UC's Office of the President late last week provided the 10-campus UC system with a written update regarding ongoing negotiations with AFSCME over salary increases for lower-paid employees. The message, which may be viewed here, presented labor-market information compiled by UCOP that places custodian wages at UCSC above the current market average. This new information regarding the market does not impact the campus proposal affecting employees represented by AFSCME and UPTE. Acting Chancellor George Blumenthal remains hopeful the parties will reach agreement soon so that campus funds can be released and salaries improved.

Meanwhile, UCSC's Staff and Academic Human Resources Offices are implementing the salary increases approved in March for clerical employees and for non-represented staff and academic appointees.

Those increases include campus-level salary augmentations-reflecting Acting Chancellor Blumenthal's continued commitment to increase wages of those UCSC employees who are compensated the least. The campus-based increases are retroactive to October 1.