Current Local Constitution:
Retiree Heathcare Benefits Bargaining: UPTE surveyed its members in the fall of 2014 and held a bargaining convention in November to plan for the Retiree Benefits Contract Bargaining with UC in 2016 for its represented members and elected a bargaining team. Once bargaining begins, UPTE will keep you updated and may need to mobilitze its members should an agreement not come easily.
HX-RX-TX Bargaining: UPTE and UC came to an agreement in mid-December 2013 on all three contracts. After a vote ending 12/20/13, all three contracts passed with at least 93% approval throughout the campuses on these four-year deals expiring in 2017. More information and links to contract changes can be found at: http://upte.org/ratification/ UPTE's RX and TX contracts expire 9/30/17 while HX expires 10/30/17. Underway are bargaining survey distribution asking what are the priorities in your next contract. Contact the office or your zone contact for a copy.
UPTE, along with the nurses union (CNA) were
able to save the single-tier retirement system for our represented
employees. Click here for the PowerPoint
Presentation for a description of the UC Union
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - Strike by Healthcare Professionals (HX)
UPTE and UC had entered impasse bargaining this contract. Wendi Felson from UCSF was the Chief Bargainer with Tom Brewer (a Clinical Lab Scientist) representing UCLA. UPTE entered into a Status Quo situation. There are many rules that change on the job when working under status quo, and they can be found here. The Healthcare Professionals unit (HX) had just come into agreement with UC to extend the current contract until 12/31/11. In this deal a 1% range adjustment increase occurred retroactive to 12/1/10. Also, a step increase for those eligible occurred on July 1, 2011. Also on July 1, 2011 the retirement contribution increased to 1.5%. For more news and bargaining reports, visit the systemwide HX webpage. UPTE members voted to authorize a strike in October 2012 should the HX bargaining team call for one, which was held May 21, 2013.
Previous HX Bargaining: In 2010 HX reached an agreement for
a wage reopener. The contract was in effect until June 30, 2011
for all non-monetary issues. UPTE and (reluctantly) UC entered
into impasse over the bargaining for raises and an agreement was reached. Over 90% voted to accept the new wage deal.
RX and TX Bargaining: The latest round of RX and TX contract bargaining began in December 2012. Mike Fehr, TX was the lead UCLA bargainer, with Jie Luo, RX assisting. Once again, Wendi Felson was Chief Bargainer.
Find out what a bargainer does by reading this job description. You can also help by contacting the office and joining the mobilizing committee.
Previous RX-TX Bargaining: In March 2010, UPTE and UC ratified a 5-year contract for the Research and Technical units retroactive to 2008. The vote passed by a 90% majority. Details can be found here. The raise schedule gave step and percentage raises through Jan. 1, 2013 for RX and TX employees. This contract was in effect until June 30, 2013.
RX-TX STRIKE 2009: On September 24, 2009 UPTE's RX and TX units went on strike on all campuses. UC Berkeley workers went out on strike a second time on November 18 and 19!
Both the TX and RX contracts expired June 30, 2008. After June 30, UPTE entered into a Status Quo situation. There are many rules that change on the job when working under status quo, and they can be found here. UPTE has been bargaining with UC for the next contract for over a year. On May 6, 2009, UPTE's Berkeley local went on a one-day strike. On March 18, 2009, UPTE expressed its frustrations at all 10 campuses waiting for the same raises our coworkers represented by other unions already received, with pictures from UCLA here. Two weeks before, UPTE picketed and marched to where most of the work SRAs and Lab Assistants work, in the research lab buildings. We started at NPI and visited Gonda, MRL and the new hospital. Pictures from this event can be found here. In March 2008 bargaining was held at UCLA and UPTE brought out almost 100 people showing UC how serious we are. For more on that action visit this mobilizing page. UPTE-UCLA was represented by Ron Greene, a Sr. Scene Tech at Royce Hall. A former local president, Rita Kern, an SRA, has assisted and backed up Ron in contract bargaining.
Watch your emails for announcements and how you can, in solidarity, support your coworkers for the fair wages and working conditions that all UC employees deserve at all the unions. And for more on your rights to not cross a picket line, should UPTE or any other union protest UC's actions towards its labor force, click here.
Threats of Furloughs! On June 24, 2009 UCLA held a Town Hall Meeting over the furlough issue. Interest and demand to attend was so great, it was eventually moved to Pauley Pavilion. Photos from that action are here. On July 15, hundreds of employees from UPTE and the other unions marched in front of the hospital to protest the vote on the furloughs by the UC Regents. That action page is here. Remember, the state contribution to the UC budget is only 17%, so a 20% cut in those monies comes to less than a 3.5% reduction, the furloughs were not necessary! And as of September 2010, furloughs are no longer being implemented in the UC system!
Despite UC's celebrations on various campuses, UC's operations over the last few years have been ripe with corruption. Get the facts at our All Mobbed Up! webpage detailing all the malfeasance during former UC President Robert Dynes' reign. Included are many of the articles from the San Francisco Chronicle on the enormous pay and perks UCOP's top employees receive. UC under current UC President Yudof is even worse.
Other actions included: On September 14, 2004 over 50 UCLA members came to bargaining that morning to show UCOP how much raises are needed and how the frequent turnover is affecting their jobs and undermining the mission of UC. Six members made presentations representing departments from DLAM to the Fowler Museum and from CHS to Theater, Film & TV. Pictures of the very crowded conference room can be found here.
Working for UC is not how it used to be, nor is it anywhere near the way UC sells itself as an employer. A recent published study, entitled "Berkeley's Betrayal" shows the struggle of the average worker working at UC Berkeley, can be downloaded here in PDF format.
Did you know that UPTE members have access to low-rate home mortgages, scholarships, reduced pharmacy fee for medications through a mail-order pharmacy, and much more? Just by being an UPTE member you can save money on practical and necessary services. In many cases the savings on a pharmacy item alone may save more that the *cost* of your UPTE monthly membership! Please call the UCLA UPTE office or go to the Union Plus website today and find out about what is available for UPTE members. It costs nothing extra to get or use these services; they are part of your membership. As a member of UPTE-CWA, you are entitled to the AT&T Wireless union discount plan, including the new iPhone. Also, there are also two types of scholarships available for members and their families from the CWA and the California State Labor Federation.
And UPTE along with other unions on campus recently held a Union Plus Benefits Fair on March 10, 2015. For more information from Union Plus, check their website.
Monthly meetings are open to all UPTE members and those who are eligible to join. Please drop by and visit a meeting to learn more, ask questions and see the progress we're making. Notices are sent via email, and via regular mail when an official notice is required by the local's constitution. To get on the UPTE email list, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name and payroll title. The latest meeting list is available here to download and print out, or see our meeting calendar webpage.
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99 News - The
Administrative Professionals, The Organizing Drive:
The 99 category ( also called PPSM by UC ) includes over 6,000 administrative professionals (APs) at UCLA. Over 4,000 of those who are in non-supervisory titles are eligible to be included in a bargaining unit UPTE wants to organize to get administrative professionals their first UC Contract. Some of the job titles include: Administrative Analysts, Programmer/Analysts, Student Affairs Officers, Administrative Specialists, Program Representatives, Buyers, Sr. & Prin. Writers, Editors and Statisticians; click here for a complete list of titles. UPTE began the drive late October 2011. Go to the AP website for more information. One of the many reasons APs need to organize includes...
has decided years of service do not really count in a layoff
situation. UCOP proposed changes in August 2011 to Section 60 of the Personnel Policies for Staff
Members (PPSM) that govern employees without a union contract. The
changes would decimate existing seniority protections by making
“performance” one of the elements a manager must consider
when making layoff decisions.
Currently, the 99 category is not a bargaining unit, but a catch-all category determined by UC for those whose job titles were never included in any defined bargaining unit. In order to start the process to unionize these employees, they must first be divided into logical bargaining units, also known as communities of interest. Administrative Staff Professionals may join UPTE at any time and enjoy all the benefits of membership except being represented in collective contract bargaining. Dues are a maximum of $22 per month, based on the 1.15% UPTE-CWA dues rate for those not under a contract. Click here to download an application.
for a flyer on the union difference listing why unrepresented UC
workers need to organize and another flyer stating why you'll want to work under a contract. We have a newly updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) flyer as well.
UCLA can be a great place to work...
don't let the UC Regents limit your future!
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