SA Sign On Letter

President Drake

For over four years, System Administrators at the University of California have fought for a fair agreement on the terms of their inclusion in UPTE's Technical (Tx) contract with UC. It's long past time for UC Executives to stop stalling and agree to a fair agreement for all System Administrators! Please join SysAdmin statewide in signing the letter below:

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To: President Drake
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​Dear President Drake, UC Campus Chancellors, and Health Center CEOs:

The University of California’s nearly 400 Systems Administrators have been essential to UC’s success in the digital age and particularly in the difficult transition to remote work during the pandemic.

While UC has acknowledged this in many forums, it has not shown us the respect that we deserve when it comes to our right for collective bargaining through our union, University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE).

Systems Administrators at UC have been represented by UPTE since May 23, 2017. Based on the Public Employer Relations Board’s decision, Systems Administrators should always have been represented by UPTE.

Instead of acknowledging this and admitting its mistake, the University spent more than two years opposing Systems Administrators having the right to stand together for better wages and working conditions.

Meanwhile, the rest of UPTE’s Technical Unit - including many of our colleagues - have received 16.5% in raises.

Why is UC now only offering Systems Administrators a maximum of 12.5%, minus any merit pay increases already received? UC’s offer is especially galling, given that most Systems Administrators are already paid significantly below market rates.

We support UPTE’s efforts to negotiate a fair deal for Systems Administrators that will make us whole, including market equity, retroactive pay, and adjustments to retirement income.

A fair agreement will be a step toward making UC a place where Systems Administrators can develop their skills for years to come; something that will benefit the entire UC community, rather than allowing our top talent to be poached by the private sector.

We are calling on you to end four years of delays and offer a fair agreement for all UC Systems Administrators.