UC Irvine Skilled Trades Bargaining Update Aug. 30, 2021

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In bargaining last week, our Skilled Trades Bargaining Team addressed Training, Holidays, and Parking. The University responded to proposals on Grievance Procedure and Arbitration.

Training

We proposed that career employees be eligible for up to 80 hours or 10 workdays paid release time per calendar year for professional development and that a family member or employee be able to benefit from fee reduction for attendance at UCI. Eric Kuder points out:  “Electricians, plumbers, locksmiths, in fact all trades, can use training to keep up with new technology and updated building codes. Training will keep our skills upgraded and will also increase our productivity which will benefit the University.”   

Holidays 

In addition to the Juneteenth holiday, our team proposed that employees on alternate shifts be able to “make up” time within the same pay week to ensure that alternate shift employees are able to work a full forty (40) hour workweek. “Make up” time would be paid at straight time rates. Gabriel Zamora: “For those of us who work 4/10s or 9/80s, we want to make up our worktime without using vacation or comp time. It would be fair.”

Parking

Teamsters 2010 proposed that parking be capped at the current rate and that the University provide clean air vehicles with four hours of free charging. 

President Drake has committed the UCs to fight against climate change, stating that: “The future of our planet depends on immediate and bold action to combat this profound existential crisis. We owe it to current and future generations to act decisively and to act now. As the new administration takes up this urgent work, UC stands ready to further contribute our expertise and resources.”  If this is the UCs “new direction”, we encourage the University to provide employees with an incentive to drive clean air vehicles.     

Bargaining Team

Brian Maloney
Martin Hernandez
Steve Huerta
Eric Kuder
Gabriel Zamora

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