A strike of more than 20,000 University of California employees was canceled after their union reached a tentative contract for 8,300 service workers, AFSCME 3299 announced on Thursday.
The four-year deal includes a 13.5 percent across-the-board salary increase over that period; annual 2 percent automatic increases for employees not at the top of the salary scale; frozen health care costs; and new staffing protections.
"After more than a year of good faith bargaining, we have finally reached a historic agreement with UC that will pull thousands of its full-time employees out of poverty and begin to rectify staffing practices that needlessly put our members and the people they serve at risk," said AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger.
UC's administration said that both sides "chose compromise over conflict."
"It is good to have this bargaining wrapped up with a deal on its way to our valued service employees," said Dwaine B. Duckett, the vice president of human resources.
Another group represented by AFSCME 3299 -- 13,000 UC patient care technical workers, whohad scheduled a sympathy strike for next week -- are still at the table, with more sessions this week.
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