The UAW-affiliated union representing post-docs at UC reports reaching a tentative agreement (must be ratified by the members) with the administration. Press release at:
The union’s website describes the contract details elsewhere on the site as:
NIH/NRSA (National Institutes of Health – National Research Service Award) pay scale as a minimum wage for all new Post-docs. Phasing in over the next four years the NIH/NRSA step system for all existing Post-docs (and those appointed before June 2011). Post-docs on NIH steps will have their pay increase annually by the percentage that the NIH steps increase and by advancing to the next NIH step after each year of employment.
— Annual 2% minimum wage increase for all Post-docs who are paid above their experience step level.
— 3% up front wage increase effective October 1, 2010 for all Post-docs earning less than $47,000 per year. 1.5% up front wage increase effective October 1, 2010 for all Post-docs earning $47,000 or more.
— 1 year minimum length of appointments.
— No strikes: we agreed to language as the majority of UC unions not to go on strike for the life of the agreement.
— Layoff protections.
— No changes to healthcare for 2 years. Limited premium sharing starting in the third year. Limited possibility for renegotiating of healthcare costs for 2012.
— This is for a 5 year agreement.
UPDATE: The contract was ratified according to a UC press release at: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/23867