UPTE’s bargaining team will present thousands of petition signatures to UC negotiators at our negotiating session next week in Los Angeles. I wish we could all attend that bargaining session to show UC how we stand together.
We can all be in the same place in the ethernet if not physically. Wear a sticker – or “sticker up” for the two days that UPTE is in bargaining next week – Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22. Then snap a selfie and post it to social media using the hashtag #UPTEstrong.
UPTE’s staff are distributing the stickers to zone contacts this week. You can see the stickers and explanatory flier on our Facebook page. (Don’t forget to ‘like’ UPTE-CWA while on the page.)
UPTE got bipartisan support in the California Assembly on AB 848 to stop the off shoring of UC jobs. UPTE information technology (IT) activists have educated and pressured legislators to support the measure, which will stop further off shoring, such as the nearly 100 jobs lost from UCSF recently.
Our legislative committee will now target key senators as they consider this bill.
Later this week, UPTE will send out an e-action allowing you to send letters to these senators. Make sure to sign the letter right away when you see it, and get your co-workers to sign too.
After a lengthy debate, real health care reform passed in California’s Senate and now moves on to the Assembly. Even if the Trump administration succeeds in appealing the Affordable Healthcare Act, this reform (Senate Bill 562) will provide affordable care for all Californians.
The bill gives freedom to choose any health care provider and will save hundreds of million of dollars overall. In essence, the insurance industry is cut out of the loop as the state takes over as the ‘single payer’ – like Medicare. The state will then negotiate reasonable reimbursement rates with health care providers, assuring affordability for patients. Providers will no longer have to hire administrators to argue with the myriad of insurers.
The insurance industry is expected to fight this bill vigorously. We will let UPTE activists know when they can step up to make difference.
This e-publication was prepared by UPTE-CWA President Jelger Kalmijn. Contact him if you have any questions or comments.