|Union Builder Communicator: December 21, 2006|
Happy Holidays and a Peaceful New Year!
Healthcare Contract Held Hostage
As far as the pay increases, UC has made a verbal commitment to address dramatic market inequities but has not committed this in writing yet. Health care professionals at the UC medical centers face dramatic wage inequity in many areas. Starting pay for UCSD pharmacists is more than 70% behind market and more than 80% behind market at Kaiser. At UCLA, psychologists and child development associates are each more than 30% behind market rates. At UCSF, clinical social workers and physicians' assistants lag the market by 13% and 25%, respectively. These comparisons are based on 2005 market rates, so the current reality is likely worse. You can see our full chart on our website. If you have additional information or questions, please contact the HX bargaining team.
Besides affecting our pocketbooks, these gross inequities undermine patient care. UC's retention and recruitment of the best applicants suffers because wages are so low. While new hires are offered generous incentives, they soon find out their wages stagnate and start looking for new work. UC decisions to under staff critical areas means that many employees must schedule vacations a year in advance, and work under draconian attendance policies just to maintain basic hospital functions. Social workers do not have adequate time to ensure adequate post-hospitalization care, pharmacists are backed up in filling prescriptions, and clinical lab techs barely have time to look up from their bench.
Read the real life stories of our health care professionals. We want your story! Speak with an UPTE-CWA rep at your medical center. Let's make UC and the public aware this is about patient care.
UC Pension Proposal to Divide & Conquer
Union pressure and employee activism has forced UC put some real money on the table to offset any pension contribution. This is a major step in the right direction. But we need any raises to apply to everyone and not a small, select group. Our team will resist UC's divide and conquer proposals because we know our strength is in unity. Please read the latest bargaining reports and distribute them to your colleagues.
Police Brutality at UCLA
UPTE-CWA condemns this excessive use of force, and has written the acting chancellor at UCLA to investigate and take action to prevent any recurrence of this police brutality.
Last issue's winner was Helen Reyes from UC San Francisco. Congratulations!
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