UPTE-CWA 9119 Constitution
Article IV: Membership and Dues

Section 1. The jurisdiction of UPTE CWA 9119 shall be the University of California, including its campuses, hospitals, laboratories, and contingent faculty of Mt. San Jacinto College, Butte College, and College of Sequoias, and any privatized portion of the University of California, including those for whom UPTE CWA 9119 is the exclusive bargaining representative and all non-exclusively represented employees outside of the University of California’s executive compensation program. All such employees are eligible for membership in a campus local union duly chartered by and regularly affiliated with UPTE CWA 9119. Contingent faculty of Mt. San Jacinto College, Butte College, and College of Sequoias who have taught within the last rolling year are eligible for membership.  

Section 2. All employees in UPTE CWA 9119's jurisdiction, and all members who leave University employment to work for UPTE CWA 9119 or CWA, are eligible for membership in a campus local union duly chartered by and regularly affiliated with UPTE CWA 9119. Anyone who has left University or community college employment as a member in good standing to work for UPTE CWA 9119 or CWA, and leaves UPTE CWA 9119 or CWA employment shall not be eligible for membership. Members who have left UC or community college employment and work for CWA shall not be eligible to run for or hold elected office.

Section 3. This organization shall not discriminate against any person because of race; color; religion; political affiliation; marital status; national origin; ancestry; sex; sexual orientation; gender; physical or mental handicap; medical condition; status as a Vietnam-era veteran, disabled veteran, or veteran; age; or citizenship.

Section 4. The monthly membership dues of all locals affiliated with this organization shall be:

a. For members without a contract: 1.15% of gross monthly salary to a maximum of $22 per month. Members without a contract who are affiliated with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory local may elect to adopt a different dues rate but it shall not be less than the dues for other UPTE members without a contract.

b. For members with a contract: 1.30% of gross monthly salary. The maximum shall increase by $5 on January 1 of every year if represented employees received at least a 2% pay increase the previous year, and shall be removed entirely at such a time as it would otherwise have reached $80 for the RX/TX/HX units, $70 for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, or $60 in the case of the Lawrence Livermore Skilled Trades.

Section 5. UPTE CWA 9119 shall remit to CWA International all per capita payments due and owing each month. Of the remaining dues income, 50% shall be rebated to campus locals on a per capita basis, and 50% shall be retained by UPTE CWA 9119 for systemwide operating expenses. The Systemwide Executive Board shall have the authority to make special assessments in order to fund organizing and other activities of UPTE-CWA 9119. It shall require a 2/3 majority of the Systemwide Executive Board for passage of any special assessment(s). At least 30 days prior to the effective dates of such assessments, the Executive Board will notify campus locals of the description of estimated expense and duration of the special assessment.

Section 6. All dues payable by members shall be paid directly to UPTE CWA 9119, through payroll deduction or by check. From the amounts so received, the UPTE CWA 9119 treasurer shall, subject to the provisions of Article VII, Section 6 of this Constitution, rebate to each affiliated campus local the constitutionally established amount specified in Section 3 of this article. Rebates shall be distributed no later than the fifteenth day of the month following the month in which such dues are received by the organization. The treasurer shall transmit an accounting of such payments to each campus local, along with a copy of the University's payroll processing standard deduction report.

Section 7. Dues are payable monthly in advance and shall be paid by the 15th of the month. Any member who fails to pay dues by the 15th day of the month in which they become due shall be considered delinquent and, upon failure to pay dues for two consecutive months, shall, ten days after written notification, stand suspended. Any person who is paying his or her dues through a system of regular payroll dues deduction shall, for so long as he or she continues to pay through such deduction method, be considered in good standing.

Section 8. Any member suspended under the above section shall be reinstated to membership in the organization on payment of a reinstatement fee equal to two months dues plus the current month's dues.

Section 9. In the event that a member is involuntarily separated by the University, that member may remain in good standing for the duration of the internal grievance process, and dues payments shall be waived for that period.

Section 10. Any member who holds an elected office in UPTE CWA 9119 and whose employment is terminated from UC may finish out the term of that office.

Section 11. All elected offices in UPTE CWA 9119 shall be held by current UC employees, except those covered under Sections 9 and 10 of this article.

Section 12. Any UC employee on preferential rehire status who is rehired at UC during the preference period shall, upon re-joining UPTE CWA 9119, be reinstated to full member status.

Section 13. Systemwide Executive Board will not impose unreasonable restrictions on local's ability to spend their share of UPTE dues. Subject to the provisions of the constitution and by-laws, locals will determine how best to provide for the needs of their campus.