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About UPTE

University Professional and Technical Employees, CWA 9119, is the union of technical and professional employees at the University of California. Over 16,000 UC employees are covered by UPTE-CWA contracts.

UPTE was founded in 1990 by a group of employees who believed that UC workers would benefit from a union to safeguard and expand our rights. In 1993, UPTE members voted to affiliate with the Communications Workers of America, a 650,000-member union in the AFL-CIO, to better represent our members. 

In 1994, UC’s 4,000 technical employees voted for UPTE representation. In 1996, 3,700 research professionals joined them, and in 1997, 2,000 health care professionals followed suit. There are now UPTE locals at all UC campuses, labs and medical centers. 

Adjunct faculty at three California community colleges and skilled trades workers at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab are also covered by UPTE contracts. Members of all units elect bargaining committees to negotiate union contracts, engage in actions to support bargaining, provide assistance to members with problems, and participate in UPTE leadership.

More groups of UC employees are organizing with UPTE-CWA to gain a voice on the job, including student services professionals and IT workers. The union also regularly petitions the state’s labor board to add new job titles to its units as their duties evolve. Employees at Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico have built an UPTE chapter, and the Society of Professionals, Scientists and Engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab is also affiliated with UPTE. Both locals work to make sure employees at Department of Energy facilities have a voice on the job. 

UPTE is a democratic, member-run union made up entirely of the workers it represents. Decisions are made by UPTE members and their elected representatives. We invite you to join us.

Essential UPTE documents and information:

About CWA

CWA stands for the Communications Workers of America, a growing union with about 650,000 members nationally. UPTE affiliated with CWA in 1993, and receives assistance from CWA with organizing, bargaining, and legislative issues. UPTE is part of CWA’s District 9, which has over 60,000 members in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Most people know CWA as a telecommunications union because it represents employees at SBC/Pacific Bell, AT&T and other big telecom companies. But CWA also represents many other workers, especially college and university employees, newspaper, radio and television journalists, and technical workers of all kinds. For more information,go to CWA’s web site.

UPTE Constitution

Constitution for University Professional & Technical Employees, CWA Local 9119 
Amended January, 2018

Article I: Name

Article II: Affiliations

Article III: Objectives

Article IV: Membership and Dues

Article V: Meetings and Conventions

Article VI: Officers and Elections

Article VII: Duties of Offices and Executive Board

Article VIII: Subordinate Bodies

Article IX: Bargaining Conference

Article X: Strikes

Article XI: Referendum

Article XII: Retired Members 

Article XIII: Miscellaneous Provisions

Article XIV: Amendments

Article XV: Bylaws

Appendix A: Model Campus Local Constitution

Appendix B: Election Code 

The complete UPTE-CWA 9119 Constitution as well as Appendix A and Appendix B can be downloaded as Rich Text Format (rtf) files.

UPTE Conventions

2019 UPTE-CWA Convention:

2017 UPTE-CWA Convention:

UPTE Press Releases

UPTE Press Release Archive