Tell the UC Board of Regents to CEASE THE FREEZE!

UC President Michael V. Drake; Board of Regents

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Administrative professionals at the University of California fill essential roles without which the university system would not be able to fulfill its fundamental missions of teaching, research and public service. Unfortunately, a segment of us – policy-covered, unrepresented staff – are being treated without the respect we have earned and deserve.

Last year former UC President Janet Napolitano and the Board of Regents decided to impose a salary freeze on us, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was right at the time when many of us were experiencing economic hardships in our communities and in many cases our own families.

We are calling on President Drake and the UC Regents to put an end to the salary freeze and reinstate across-the-board merit pay increases. We are proud to work for and represent the University of California and are simply asking for what is fair. Sign this petition to tell them it is time to cease the freeze!

Petition by
Matthew McQuaid
Silver Spring, Maryland
Sponsored by

To: UC President Michael V. Drake; Board of Regents
From: [Your Name]

Administrative professionals at the University of California (UC) provide essential services to students, their families, faculty, patients and the general public – without which UC would be unable to fulfill its fundamental missions of teaching, research and public service. Despite our key role in making the university function, the unfortunate reality is that UC often treats a segment of us – policy-covered, unrepresented workers – without the dignity and respect that we have earned and deserve.

A perfect example of this is when former UC President Janet Napolitano and the Board of Regents decided to impose a salary freeze on us in May 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was right at the time when many of us were experiencing economic hardships in our communities and in many cases our own families. On top of this wage freeze, many of us also experienced increased workloads as a result of colleagues being laid off or furloughed. This resulted in additional stress and anxiety as we worked hard to make sure that UC continued to function seamlessly, all while meeting the challenges of remote work. Our work across all campuses, departments, and medical centers is a big part of why UC has established its worldwide reputation of excellence. We deserve to be treated with the dignity and respect that you would expect from such a renowned institution.

We are therefore calling on you to put an end to the salary freeze and reinstate across-the-board merit pay increases. We are proud to work for and represent the University of California and are simply asking for what is fair. It is time to cease the freeze!