|Union Builder Communicator: May 15, 2007|
TX/RX ''No Strings'' Bargaining & Mobilizing for Research Dollars
UPTE's goals are to ensure as many members as possible get some money and to get as much money as we can. The overall pool of money UC has offered is paltry, adding up to about an average 0.35% pay increase. That would be less than $12/month for someone making $40,000/yr. This does not make up for their proposed 2% takeaway of our retirement savings contribution, the 50% increase in health benefits premiums, and the years of wage stagnation, but we'll take it anyway.
We are seeking the support of Vice Chancellors for Research at each campus, as well as federal legislators that sit on the science committee, to support retention of quality staff by holding UC accountable for all money received for our raises.
Pension Rallies and UPTE Accountability Bill Vote
The legislator is now considering a bill, AB1333, sponsored by UPTE-CWA, which mandates independent audits and time for public input for any changes to our pension plan. The bill will go to a vote before the California State Assembly this Thursday. Please call your legislator today and encourage support for this important bill.
HX Contract Ratification and Implementation
UPTE will be seeking additional equity increases for those who are paid too low in the pay range for their years of experience. We collected many employees' years of experience during the ratification process, but need to complete our list to include everyone. Members at each medical center will meet with management to argue for these additional increases.
The University illegally intervened in our membership vote on the contract ratification by sending out emails pushing for a "yes" vote. Supervisors even signed up non-members so they could vote "yes". After a complaint from UPTE-CWA, UC has promised not intervening in future UPTE-CWA member votes. Management intervention in the internal votes of unions violates labor law.
The calls are quick--just thank our US senators for their sponsorship and support of the EFCA.
Every call is tallied, and the opponents of the bill have been blanketing Senate offices with their calls in opposition to the bill. This week, we will drown out the voices of corporate greed by generating thousands of calls in California.
Call the numbers below for your senators. Ask friends, families, and co-workers to do the same. Hand your cell phone around, and make sure that the calls start pouring in.
Barbara Boxer: SF: (415) 403-0100; LA: (213) 894-5000; Sac: (916) 448-2787
Click here for more information on the EFCA.
Last issue's winner was Michele Crawford of UCSB. Congratulations!
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