Union Builder Communicator: September 14, 2015
Zone Contacts Prepare!
Starting soon, we will hold zone contact luncheons at all campuses. Everyone knows there is no such thing as a free lunch, so this one comes with a discussion on building membership and talking about the politics of the important pending Supreme Court case of Friedrichs v. CTA and the state of unions.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in the case could dramatically undermine the power of public sector unions, we have precious little time to bolster UPTE. There are other major challenges before us as well, such as new attempts by UC to undermine our pensions and the need to bargain wage increases.

We need to ramp up our education and activism, so let’s start over lunch. You will be receiving invitations from your campus leadership in the next weeks – please join us! In the meantime, have a look at UPTE’s recent flyer on the case and make copies for your coworkers.

UC Unions Win Voice on Pension Task Force
Our UC Union Coalition scored a victory in our fight to forestall a new pension tier. The coalition pressured UC president Janet Napolitano to appoint UPTE pension expert Mike Fehr to the task force that will make recommendations to her this fall.

The task force has be given the charge of aligning UC’s pension with the state pension plan, which includes a cap of $117,020 on “pensionable” income. Napolitano provided instructions to take these factors into account:

  • That UC retirement benefits continue to be competitive within the context of total employee compensation
  • That the UC Retirement Plan remains financially sustainable

While Fehr will only be one voice on a task force heavy with management, we will at least get a better understanding of UC’s proposals, and be able to make arguments and objections.

Higher Education Conference Takes Shape: Sign-up!
Do you feel that the state’s promise of an affordable, accessible and quality public higher education is out of reach for Californians today? Join with educators, staff and students from across the state for the Reclaim Higher Education Conference on how to rebuilt that plan.

We have confirmed Congressmember Eric Swallwell as the keynote speaker. Panels will include background of the Master Plan for Higher Education, education financing and action workshops.

If you are interested in legislative work or advocating for free higher education, we need you! The experience will strengthen your resolve to make higher education the future for all of California’s citizens. The conference is less than 2 weeks away on Saturday, September 26 in Sacramento. Register now! Speak to your UPTE campus local about covering all your costs.

Enter the E-Raffle to win Union Builder prizes

Last issue's winner was Elizabeth Pease of UCD. Congratulations!

This e-publication was prepared by UPTE-CWA President Jelger Kalmijn. Contact him if you have any questions or comments.
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
UPTE-CWA 9119  |  P.O. Box 4443, Berkeley, CA 94704 | 510.704.8783  |  info@upte-cwa.org