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UC nurses ratify new contract covering clinics, health centers

Registered nurses at University of California (UC) facilities across the state voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a new three-year contract, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) has announced.

This contract reflects the successful effort of CNA and the University to reach a successor agreement that recognizes the service and sacrifice of nurses during this moment, when both parties committed to engaging in a professional process that 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 across facilities in the UC system.

Highlights of the contract include:

  • Victories around key issues: Improvements to patient care, workplace safety, and union rights, including protections from potential subcontracting of RN work. The new agreement also creates two joint labor-management committees focused on key system-wide issues: one on Health, Safety, and Emerging Infectious Diseases and another on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Benefits improvements, including eight weeks of fully paid Family Care and Bonding leave and Juneteenth recognized as a holiday.
  • No takeaways to health care, pension, or any other benefits protected in our contract.
  • Major economic improvements, including minimum across-the-board wage increases of 16 percent over the term of the agreement and additional increases for UC San Diego and UC Irvine, which reduce regional wage disparity across the UC system.

The new pact will expire in October 2025. CNA/NNU represents approximately 18,000 RNs, NPs, CRNAs and Transplant Coordinators across 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.

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the nation with 100,000 members in more than 200 facilities throughout California and more than 175,000 RNs nationwide.

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