|Union Builder Communicator: May 08, 2012|
HX Mobilization Ramping Up
UPTE’s health care professionals (HX) held successful coalition events at all of the medical centers on May 1, delivering a plate of cookie crumbs and an open letter to each med center CEO. UC negotiators continue to hold wage increases and a contract settlement hostage unless the union forfeits our right to bargain over retirement benefits. UC has proposed massive changes to our retirement that will affect us all, directly or indirectly, and we will need to combined strength of all the UPTE members, together with CNA and AFSCME, to preserve our retirement.
At the May 1 actions, HX members began signing strike pledge cards. If UC attempts to impose its retirement changes, or refuses to put a viable wage offer on the table, we may require a credible strike threat. UPTE’s HX unit will only go on strike if enough members sign the pledge so we are assured we will all stand strong.
Getting Signatures For Save Our Schools Tax Initiative
The initiative raises taxes on individuals making more than $250,000 and couples making more than $500,000, and it adds a ¼ percent to the sales tax. Both increases are temporary. Increasing California’s revenue will be critical to avoiding an additional $5 billion in budget cuts to education and other public services next year. Please hand in the petitions to your local UPTE office.
If you haven’t received your bulletins, please let your staff or UPTE leaders know so that you can keep your colleagues in the loop.
Last issue's winner was Janie Johnson of UCB. Congratulations!
|This e-publication was prepared by UPTE-CWA President Jelger Kalmijn. Contact him if you have any questions or comments.
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