University of California Libraries Reach Agreement with Union

According to Martin Brennan, copyright librarian at UCLA, contract negotiations between the University of California (UC) and the librarian’s union, the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) were successful. They agreed to a new salary structure which will see UC librarian salaries increase 22 – 26 % over the next five years, with the highest percentage gains going to assistant and associate librarians. Brennan stated that “our members have been struggling to afford California’s high cost of living, and these gains go a long way towards helping our colleagues afford to stay with us.”  They also agreed upon other benefits such as the ability to use sick leave for family bonding leaves, enhanced notification for job transfers and reassignments, and per capita funding for professional development. Read the UC-AFT Librarians’ blog for details on their bargaining campaign.