AFSCME 3299 Contract Update 2020: What You Need to Know

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 represents over 25,000 workers at the University of California (UC) system. These workers provide essential services such as patient care, custodial work, and food service. Negotiations for a new contract between AFSCME 3299 and the UC began in 2018, and after over two years of bargaining, a tentative agreement was reached in December 2019.

The new contract, which covers the period from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022, includes significant improvements for AFSCME 3299 workers. One of the main victories for the union was securing a 4 percent pay raise retroactive to October 1, 2019, and another 3 percent pay raise effective October 1, 2020. The contract also includes a new minimum wage of $15 per hour for all AFSCME 3299 workers, effective October 1, 2020.

In addition to wage increases, the contract includes improved health care benefits. Workers will see a reduction in their out-of-pocket costs for medical, dental, and vision care. The new agreement also includes a provision for the creation of a labor-management committee to address issues related to workload and staffing.

AFSCME 3299 members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the new contract in January 2020. However, the agreement has yet to be ratified by the UC Board of Regents, which has caused frustration for members who feel that the UC is dragging its feet in the process.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of AFSCME 3299 workers and the essential services they provide, yet some feel that the UC has not adequately supported these workers during the crisis. AFSCME 3299 has called for hazard pay, better personal protective equipment, and increased staffing to address the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Despite these challenges, AFSCME 3299 remains committed to advocating for its members and ensuring that they receive fair wages, benefits, and workplace protections. The new contract represents a significant victory for workers and shows the power of collective bargaining. As negotiations for the next contract begin in the future, AFSCME 3299 members will continue to fight for the recognition and respect they deserve.