UPTE Los Alamos Reporter

March 2014 • Published by University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE)
Local 1663

Membership meeting highlights LANL employee concerns: inferior health plans; unfair pay and evaluation systems
The January 28 UPTE LANL membership meeting featured lively discussion about the issues that most concern LANL employees.

The most discussed item was the recent change to the health insurance plans. There was widespread agreement among those present that, because of the higher co-pays and deductibles, the new changes would be detrimental to employees and their families. It was agreed to conduct an online survey to get a better sense of what LANL employees think about the new changes. (See below for the link to the survey.)

Another topic of discussion was the way the evaluation process and its relationship to wage increase have become corrupted under LANS management. There were reports of people getting very small increases, or not getting increases at all for several consecutive years. Many present felt that managers have been instructed to evaluate on a quota system in order to deny as many wage increases as possible.

There was also a discussion on how to ‘grow the union’ at LANL. Three main ideas were agreed upon: First, it is important that those who are union members be visible by wearing UPTE buttons, lanyards and other insignia, as well as by talking to their co-workers about the importance of more LANL employees joining the union. Second, UPTE will offer a Shop Steward training for those who are interested in providing peer representation to their colleagues who are facing disciplinary action or attending other meetings with management. And, lastly, we will endeavor to have quarterly membership meetings.

Make your voice heard! Take the health care survey!
To help UPTE determine how best to respond to the changes LANS made to our health insurance plans, please take a few minutes to complete this short survey.

UPTE is offering Shop Steward training
One of the most important functions of the union is to provide onsite support and representation to members who are facing disciplinary action (whether fair or unfair). It is important that this ‘peer representation’ be provided by trained and qualified stewards who know the work and the people involved – there is no substitute.

To make that possible, UPTE LANL leaders are working to develop a training program, which will be offered to all interested UPTE LANL members on March 22 at Homewood Suites by Hilton Santa Fe-North, located at 10 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Exit 276 (Buffalo Thunder exit). Steward Training is a great way to learn and understand rights as an employee.

What is UPTE-CWA?
University Professional & Technical Employees is a member-run, democratic union of over 15,000 researchers, technical employees and health care professionals at the 10 University of California campuses and 5 UC medical centers, the Livermore National Lab in California and the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico.

In UPTE-CWA, decisions are democratically made by the members and their elected representatives. UPTE is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, a national union of over 700,000 workers in the communication sector and other industries.

To join UPTE LANL, print out this membership application, fill it out, and mail it to:
UPTE LANL, 1907 Central Avenue, Suite 209, Los Alamos, NM 87544

UPTE Local 1663 |  lanl@upte-cwa.org  |  (505) 603-9034  |  upte.org/LosAlamos