For the Week of July 31, 2017
Members of UPTE-CWA’s research and technical units continue to mobilize to support their elected bargaining team. Last week, dozens of union members attended bargaining sessions at UCSD to support their team, and some directly addressed the UC negotiators on key contract changes. Keep track of the #UPTEstrong campaign at the union’s website or Facebook page.
Hot off the press: UPTE’s Update newsletter, where you can learn more about current bargaining especially as it applies to pension benefits. The issue also investigates UC’s stealth attempt to cut retiree health care benefits, and how a state audit’s finding of missing millions in UC’s budget has affected state funding.
About 500 UC workers and students protested the UCLA medical center’s plans to layoff valet service workers on Friday and replace them with students, reports the Daily Bruin. The workers are contracted through an outside company, but are unionized and get benefits. Demonstrators said they believe the workers will be laid off after a pay raise under a 2015 UC plan which requires a $15 an hour minimum. They say UC wants to replace them with student workers with lower wages and no benefits.
Former UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi is back. She was chancellor during the notorious pepper spray incident in 2011, but she was pressured to leave after a series of scandals. She’ll return to UCD as a distinguished professor, paid at the same rate she made as chancellor, appearing to make her the highest paid professor in the departments where she will be teaching. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) tweeted that "this golden parachute deal is an insult to students and families struggling to afford college."
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