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Labor Compliance Program

Construction workers at UC Merced

The labor compliance program contained comprehensive standards for the University.

These standards, including the payment of prevailing wage, applied to the Merced 2020 Project and were required by state laws, regulations and directives, as well as university policies and contract provisions.

UC Merced's Campus Expansion

The Project Agreement for the 2020 Project provided significant protections for represented employees during and after construction. 

During Construction

During construction of the Project, developers, contractors/subcontractors, manufacturers, and distributors were required to adhere to the University’s prevailing-wage requirements, as well as targets for the hiring of construction workers who were registered in or graduates of approved apprenticeship programs.

The Developer also had to make reasonable and good-faith efforts to draw construction workers from the Central Valley Infrastructure Employment Project.

After Construction

During operations, UC Merced will continue to manage custodial, grounds, and existing dining operations, and will continue to employ represented UC employees covered by current and future systemwide labor agreements.

Under this framework, no work performed by employees represented by University of California Service Unit (SX) would be adversely affected. The University’s Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan provisions has been incorporated in the 2020 Project to the extent required by University policy. The Developer will be responsible for operating and maintaining major building systems in facilities it has designed and built.