UC, UAW reach tentative agreements for Academic Student Employees, Graduate Student Researchers

To: UCSC Community

From: Lori Kletzer Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

I am pleased to share that the University of California has reached tentative agreements with the United Auto Workers (UAW) regarding contracts for UC Academic Student Employees and Graduate Student Researchers.

The message below from Letitia Silas, Executive Director of Systemwide Labor Relations, shares more information about the tentative agreements.

The past weeks have been challenging for many people in our campus community, particularly our undergraduates. I appreciate everyone’s patience while UC and the UAW negotiated. I am hopeful that both units will ratify the agreements and that our winter quarter will start as anticipated.



After months of negotiations, a strike, and disruptions on our campuses, I am pleased to inform you that UC has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) regarding the Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) and Academic Student Employees (ASE) contracts. Union members are expected to vote on the tentative agreements in the coming days.

With these agreements, student employees are expected to return to work and cease any picketing.

The tentative agreements include new minimum salary scales for Academic Student Employees, including Teaching Assistants, and Graduate Student Researchers, as well as multiyear pay increases, paid dependent access to university health care and enhanced paid family leave.

Additional information about the agreements is available here.

We believe these agreements honor the vital contributions our ASEs and GSRs make to UC’s teaching and research activities and uphold UC’s tradition of supporting them with compensation and benefits packages that are among the best in the country. The agreements also help ensure that UC continues to be extremely competitive as a top research institution.

Following the strike, we will be working to restore healthy relationships across the system including healthy labor-management relations. On behalf of everyone at the Office of the President who has been involved with these negotiations, I want to thank all members of the University community for their patience and commitment during this challenging period. I also want to thank our campus labor relations and academic personnel colleagues for their partnership throughout the negotiations.

Letitia Silas

Letitia Silas
Executive Director
Systemwide Labor Relations