University of California nurses ratify new three-year contract

New contract covering all UC Medical Centers, Clinics and Student Health Centers

Sacramento, Calif. — Registered nurses at University of California (UC) facilities across the state have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract, the California Nurses Association announced. National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).

This contract reflects the successful efforts of CNA and the University to reach a succession agreement that recognizes the service and sacrifice of nurses at this time, as both parties have committed to engage in a professional process which resulted in this historic settlement. The new agreement addresses key patient care and workplace safety issues while focusing resources to recognize, recruit and retain nurses at facilities in the UC system.

“UC nurses are proud to ratify our new contract with the University, said Dahlia Tayag, registered nurse and bargaining team member who works at UC San Diego. “This agreement recognizes and rewards RNs 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 deserve,” 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.”

Highlights of the contract include:

  • Victories around key issues: Improvements in patient care, workplace safety and union rights, including protections against potential contracting out of RN work. The new agreement also creates two joint labour-management committees focused on key system-wide issues: one on health, safety and emerging infectious diseases and the other on diversity, equity and diversity. ‘inclusion.
  • Benefit improvements, including eight weeks of fully paid leave for family care and bonding and June 16 recognized as a public holiday.
  • No takeout for health care, retirement or any other benefits protected in our contract.
  • Major economic improvements, including general minimum wage increases of 16% over the term of the agreement and additional increases for UC San Diego and UC Irvine, which reduce regional wage disparities in the UC system.

“Nurses have been leaders throughout this pandemic,” said Tayag, who is also a CNA board member. “With our new collective agreement, we have made major improvements to patient care, workplace safety and union rights. This sets a new standard for RN contracts in California and beyond.

The new pact will expire in October 2025. CNA/NNU represents approximately 18,000 RNs, NPs, CRNAs, and transplant coordinators throughout the University of California system.

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

Calvin W. Soper