Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of December 19, 2016
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The holidays aren’t going to be very happy for 97 information technology workers at UCSF, who will be laid off in February after management contracts out their work to an India-based company, HCL, reports KQED. Some of the workers, who are mostly administrative professionals without the protections of a union contract, are being forced to train their replacements. “I’m speechless,” says one. “How can they do this to us?”

Thank you NRLB
Graduate students sending a message after NRLB rules that they can unionize
In the wake of the news that Donald Trump’s transition team demanded to know the names of Department of Energy staff who had participated in research and conferences on climate change – raising fears of a purge – the UCLA Faculty Association points out that staff at UC-managed DOE labs would be in Trump’s crosshairs and asked how UC intends to protect them.

The Harvard Crimson reports that the National Labor Relations Board will begin counting Harvard grad students' votes on unionization Dec. 22. The Harvard students may be among the first to win union representation following a recent NLRB decision that ruled grad students had the right to unionize.

The Teamsters, who represent clerical employees at UC, have announced a five-day strike focused on the UCLA and UCSD campuses. The strike is over stalled bargaining for skilled trades workers, but UC clericals will conduct a solidarity strike to build pressure for their own contract.

If you are traveling or shopping during the holidays, check out Labor 411 to support union workers and You can also peruse the California Federation of Labor’s “Do Buy” list and the AFL-CIO’s Union Label Dept.

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