The University of California, in conjunction with one of the UC’s largest unions, released a statement Monday morning, addressing issues with UCPath’s rollout and offering restitution to workers affected by the implementation of the payment system.
Each student employee affected by UCPath’s implementation will receive $150 after taxes, and employees with paycheck issues that spanned more than one month will “receive additional compensation, as appropriate, up to a maximum of $450,” according to the press release.
This includes about 750 students, or approximately 2.5 percent of UCPath employees, according to Claire Doan, UC director of Media Relations.
The university will send a notification letter and a check to the affected employees within 60 business days.
Students who are represented by the Union of Academic Student Employees (UAW 2865), and who do not receive payment, should contact the union; unrepresented students who do not receive payment should reach out to their campus payroll representative, Doan said in an email.
“Student leaders told us that students whose pay was disrupted were being subjected to late fees and other fines ranging from $10 to $150. We decided to apply the high end of that range to everyone affected and accounted for taxes, so impacted employees will receive a net of $150,” Doan said.
“We believe it is important to address the financial hardships of the small number of students who experienced payroll problems and reached out to the union with a proposal to provide these payments. After months of negotiations with UAW, we believe we have reached a fair agreement to help impacted students.”
UCPath, UC’s new payment system, has caused disruptions across the UC system since its implementation in Fall Quarter 2018.
“The fall 2018 implementation of UCPath… resulted in paycheck inaccuracies for hundreds of academic student employees on several UC campuses,” the joint press release said.
“UC greatly appreciates UAW’s partnership in identifying and working through these issues.”
UCSB’s chapter of the UAW 2865 previously met with the UCSB administration on Jan. 31 to discuss UCPath issues, the Nexus reported.
UCSB’s Graduate Student Union has also been lobbying the administration to fix issues with UCPath since its implementation.
The system will be implemented at two other campuses, UC Berkeley and UC Davis, within the coming weeks. The system is currently active for UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, UC Merced and the UC Office of the President, covering over 77,310 UC employees, according to the UCPath website.
Updated [Feb. 27, 11:31 a.m.]: This article was updated to include comment and further information from Doan.
Evelyn Spence is the county news editor at the Daily Nexus and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.