You are the most important part of our union, UPTE-CWA! To enhance communication, we'll periodically send out this brief bulletin, the Union Builder Communicator, so you always know the latest and can communicate it to your co-workers.
As an incentive for and in recognition of your effort, every one of these bulletins will have a raffle entry and there will be a grand prize at the end of the year. You can enter the raffle once per issue of the UB Communicator. You enter by clicking on the link at the bottom and answering one simple question.
What is A Union Builder?!
Well, the first answer is easy "it is you!" But to give a more complete answer we have a new union builder training that we are setting up for all union builders. It only takes a lunch time to go through it. You get a quick idea of what you can do to help build the union and keep your co-workers informed. Contact your campus/lab union office to schedule your training and get a cool UPTE-CWA coffee travel mug at the same time.
UPTE had our first UC Union Coalition pension bargaining session with UC this week. UC gave an initial proposal demanding we re-direct our 2% defined contribution (401K-style) to the pension plan July 2007. It also proposed that after that, we would get whatever they give non-union employees. Our team questioned the need for any contribution at all at this time based on the information we have been provided. All over the state, members of our unions held "I Support UC Union Coalition" bargaining events, and wore special stickers.
At the annual UPTE-CWA convention last week, UPTE chartered two new locals at UC Merced and the Lawrence Livermore Lab. We also set up a retiree club to keep retirees informed and involved to help protect retiree health benefits.
The convention prioritized organizing 99s (currently unrepresented professional employees), electing worker friendly legislators, and fighting to protect our pensions. All resolutions and constitutional amendments will be posted soon on the UPTE website.
HX "Moment Of Silence"
In response to UC still not putting a comprehensive wage proposal on the table and holding up our contract for pension concessions, health care professionals took a "moment of silence" at 10AM on October 24. They held up "We won't be silent much longer" signs in their workplaces. As the level of frustration and anger with UC's stalling grows, members are planning a "speak out" on November 30.