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
By early June, 1 million signatures are needed to get the “Save Our Schools and Local Public Safety” on the November ballot. UPTE has been distributing the petitions to all our union builders. If you have not yet gotten one, please contact your local UPTE staff or download it from the web.

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.
Bulletin To Inform Your Co-workers
Every month UPTE publishes a bulletin for union builders/zone contacts to distribute to your co-workers. When you deliver the bulletin, you get an opportunity to have a conversation with your co-workers and answer any questions they may have (you can always get the answer later if you don’t know it).

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.
Help Our Fellow Union Members: Stop Telephone Deregulation
It stinks! AT&T is sponsoring another corporate power grab at the expense of California consumers and CWA workers.

Will you tell the California PUC that they need to stop SB 1161 before it is too late? Click here.

California Senate Bill 1161 would end enforcement of basic consumer protections--like service quality standards, protection against "cramming" your phone bill with extra charges, and help resolving customer complaints. No more protection for low-income customers, like "LifeLine," and low cost service to rural customers. No universal access for under-represented communities.  No enforcement of privacy rights. No contract review for businesses owned by women, minorities, or disabled veterans.

It's a nightmare for consumers, and it's a job-killer for CWA members. It just plain stinks!

Who would benefit if SB 1161 passed?  AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and other corporations who are right now reaping huge profits, evading taxes, and slamming workers.

It only takes a moment of your time to tell the California PUC that they need to stop SB 1161 before it is too late. Click here to let them know we can't afford to let huge corporations hold California consumers hostage and cut jobs.

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