The University of California on Tuesday announced tentative deals with two of its academic unions -- for lecturers and librarians. Both unions are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, and both tentative agreements require union ratification. The deal with the lecturers, would, according to a summary from the university, include the lecturers in the academic merit raise program for 2012-13 and 2013-14, re-open negotiations on salaries for those years, and state that lecturers would pay the same rates for health benefits as paid by tenured faculty members. The deal with librarians, according to the university, would give them the right to participate in the merit increase program as well.
Bob Samuels, president of the lecturers union, said that the tentative contract had two significant gains for his members: A requirement limiting layoffs to scenarios where the classes taught by the lecturers go away, and a provision requiring negotiations between the university and the union for any changes in work duties that the university seeks because of the creation of online programs.