University Professional and Technical Employees, CWA 9119, is the union of technical and professional employees at the University of California. Over 13,000 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 700,000-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:
- What is UPTE? pamphlet
- What is a union?
- What difference does UPTE make?
- Member resources booklet
- Preserving quality research at UC
- UPTE-CWA Annual Report: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
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.
Constitution for University Professional & Technical Employees, CWA Local 9119
Amended January, 2018
2017 UPTE-CWA Convention:
- Amendments that passed:
- Resolutions that passed:
- Dakota access pipeline
- Student Services organizing
- Scene Tech overtime
- Scene Tech per diem abuse
- Non-members in representation meetings
- Support UPTE stewards
- Against islamaphobia
- Obstruct attacks on DOE
- Adjust job security and seniority
- IT organizing
- In support of Scene Techs
- No corporate political candidacies