CX Bargaining Update – November and December 2021

CX Teamster Bargaining Team Pushing for Fair Contract!

Our Teamsters CX Bargaining Team has been hard at work negotiating our upcoming contract with UC management. On Nov. 30 and Dec. 17, our team met with UC in Oakland to exchange proposals and hammer out more details of the contract.  

Session Two Progress

After a productive initial session in November, we reached our first tentative agreement with the UC! We are proud to say that we have expanded upon Article 4 – Catastrophic and Compassionate Leave, which will allow locations to enhance existing leave programs for workers in need. If ratified by the membership, if you or a colleague need additional leave in the event of a tragic, unforeseen event, there will be more options available to you at the campus level.

The UC bargaining team presented their responses to our proposals on Article 25 – Payroll Deductions and Article 5 – Corrective Action/Discipline and Dismissals. Our CX bargaining team considered UC’s feedback and made a counterproposal to Article 5. We also responded to Article 36 – Sick Leave explaining how the UC’s proposed sick leave documentation requirements would unfairly burden workers who just want to get back to work.

We were disappointed that the UC rejected our initial proposal on Article 8 – Health and Safety. We will continue to fight for strong language on worker health and safety, which is critical during the COVID pandemic, and we are working on a counterproposal on this section

Our outstanding CX bargaining team is working hard for a fair contract that protects our rights and our jobs during these challenging times and into the future!

Session Three Progress

We had a productive third session. Our CX Bargaining Team came prepared and passed over several proposals on Article 1 – Access and Union RightsArticle 12 – Labor Management MeetingsArticle 13 – Layoffs and Reduction in Time, and Article 2 – Agreement. We continued to work together with the UC on Article 5 – Sick Leave, trading edits back and forth.

We rejected an attempt from the UC to limit our professional development hours by preventing you from using hours to learn skills for different jobs at the UC and to participate in Union trainings. We explained how we value the professional development time and how their proposal on Article 38 – Training & Development will push staff to leave UC if they can’t grow into new positions or fully participate in our Union.

Across the state, CX members continued to stand in solidarity with our Bargaining Team through supportive Zoom backgrounds, stickers, and table tents.

Linda Weinberger, a Library Assistant 4 at Langson Library at UC Irvine, displays our CX negotiations Zoom background.

Our next bargaining dates are January 25 and 26 in Oakland. Please join with other CX colleagues by signing this petition in support of our Bargaining Team. Keep an eye open for further updates and actions as we move forward together!

In Solidarity,

Teamsters CX Bargaining Team

Jason Rabinowitz, Chief Negotiator

Melissa Munio, Second Chair

Catherine Cobb, President of Teamsters 2010

Alex Vermie, Research Analyst

Deborah Ann Reed, LBNL

Kirsten Willer, UCB / UCOP

Jenny Hodge, UCD / ANR

Dianna Sahhar, UCI

Stephanie Watts-Parrish, UCLA

Valerie Thompson, UCR / UCPath

Krystal Cortez, UCM

Marissa Johnston, UCSD

Jamal Colter, UCSF

Deateria Dickinson, UCSB

Paulette Carney, UCSC