University of California nurses ratify new 3-year contract

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The California Nurses Association and the University of California have agreed to a new three-year contract that has been ratified by the majority of the more than 17,000 nurses who work in medical and student facilities across the UC, the two parties announced on Saturday. .

The deal is effective immediately and will run until October 31, 2025. The previous contract was due to expire this fall.

“We believe this agreement recognizes the dedication, professionalism and quality of our nursing staff, as well as the extraordinary challenges they have faced for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Letitia Silas, executive director of UC system-wide labor relations. “We send our sincere gratitude and thanks to all of our nurses for their outstanding service to UC and our communities.”

Silas added that the agreement “also shows that successful contract negotiations can be collaborative and mutually respectful, and we thank the ANC for their partnership.”

Dahlia Tayag, a registered nurse and bargaining team member who works at UC San Diego, said UC nurses are “proud to ratify our new contract with the university. This agreement recognizes and rewards the registered nurses for our service and commitment to our patients and communities across the UC system, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“UC nurses prepared for these negotiations and we are committed to winning the contract our members deserved,” Tayag continued.

“The administration’s decision to prioritize investing in UC nurses has resulted in this successor agreement, which will improve the patient care we provide.”

The agreement includes the following general wage increases:

— Salary increase of 6% as of January 1, 2023;

— 5% salary increase as of January 1, 2024;

— 5% salary increase effective January 1, 2025.

According to the union, the deal includes additional raises for UC San Diego and UC Irvine.

It also includes one-time recognition payments of $3,000 for career nurses, $2,000 per day for nurses who have worked 50% or more, and $1,000 for those who have worked less than 50% during their career. the last year.

Other highlights include:

— Effective January 1, 2023, UC will increase paid leave for family care and bonding from 70% to 100% for eight weeks.

— UC and CNA will form a new system-wide union-management committee to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion.

— UC and CNA will form a new system-wide union-management committee to discuss health and safety issues associated with emerging infectious diseases like COVID-19.

— Nurses will enjoy continued access to health insurance, including a choice of medical plans and dental and vision insurance, with UC covering most of the cost of monthly premiums.

— Nurses will continue to be eligible for retirement benefits; newly hired nurses will choose between the UC pension plan and a 401(k)-style option.

The agreement covers nurses who work at UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Francisco, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UC Santa Barbara.

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