|Union Builder Communicator: March 05, 2009|
March Pickets To Push For Completion of TX/RX Contract
Instead, UC negotiators have yet to put more than 0% on the table for wages, and have only provided a substantive counter proposal to one article after a year of bargaining. Despite the AFSCME settlement being over a month ago, and UPTE giving a counter proposal for wages also about a month ago, UC had no plans to provide UPTE with a wage proposal or any other substantive proposal at the bargaining session scheduled for this week. To send a message to UC decision makers, the UPTE team cancelled the bargaining session because just to meet and achieve nothing makes no sense. “Our time is better spent on our campus, informing members about UC’s intransigence and collecting strike pledge cards,” explains UPTE chief negotiator Kevin Rooney.
To send a clear message to UC that UPTE is intent on wrapping up the TX/RX contract, we encourage all members to participate in pickets at each campus on March 18. A large showing will encourage UC to seriously engage in the bargaining process. Watch for the details at your campus.
AFSCME achieved its contract through member participation in mobilization campaign to pressure the university. Despite the state budget crisis and general economic meltdown, the university found the money to provide fair raises to AFSCME service workers after a legislative support, targeted pressure on the regents and President Yudof, countless demonstrations, and a strike. The work paid off for AFSCME members. UPTE can repeat this success with similar member involvement.
Watch Your Language
The university sends out generic diversity statements that encourage a respectful community, but most of these do not engage us in our daily lives and look like a form notice. The university also supports some special activities to make the campus welcoming for a diverse community. UPTE-CWA supports these efforts but encourages more engagement.
One simple step we can take in our daily lives is to be more thoughtful in the language that we use. This is not just a question of being politically correct, but of not offending or putting off those around us. Some of us are not even aware that we using offensive language because we were not confronted about it in our life experience.
Take a 5 minutes out of your work day and look over a couple of these notes:
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Do Not Sign McCauley Public Pension Reform Act Petition Initiative That Could Reduce
Letters to Senator Feinstein To Support Employee Free Choice Act
Last issue's winner was Matt Meadows of UCM. Congratulations!
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