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University Professional and Technical Employees, CWA 9119, is the union of technical and professional employees at the University of California. There are more than 12,000 UC employees covered by UPTE contracts.

UPTE was founded in 1990 by a group of employees who believed that UC workers would benefit by having a union to safeguard and expand our rights in the workplace. There are UPTE locals at all campuses and medical centers of the University of California. In 1993, UPTE members voted to affiliate with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a 700,000 member union in the AFL-CIO, in order to better organize and represent UC workers.

In November 1994, over 4,000 UC technical employees were the first to vote for UPTE representation. In 1996, 5,000 research professionals voted for UPTE, and in September of 1997, 2,000 UC health care professionals followed suit. All three groups elected bargaining committees and negotiated enforceable contracts with UC.

There are other large groups of UC employees working through UPTE to gain a voice for themselves on the job. Union activists among UC's 14,000 staff professionals– including Student
Affairs Officers, Analysts, Programmers and many others – work with UPTE to address problems such as a flawed merit pay system and increasing workloads. UC employees at Los Alamos
National Lab in New Mexico have built an UPTE chapter.

In 2007, the Society of Professionals, Scientists and Engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, became a chapter of UPTE, and is working with staff at Lawrence Berkeley and Los
Alamos Labs to make sure UC employees at DOE facilities are represented.

UPTE is a democratic, member-run union made up entirely of UC employees. Decisions are made by UPTE members and their elected representatives. Our success is due to the high level of activism among our members. We invite you to join us.

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