2020 Systemwide Election Statements

Jamie McDole

Candidate for President

As a first president, I strengthened our membership while SCOTUS ruled to weaken union member rights. At the same time, I lead a tough contract campaign, both on strike lines and as chief negotiator. I’m honored to have signed the best contracts at UC this union has ever had and helped settle a contested contract at Mt. San Jacinto College. And I’ve supported our labs in their contract fight.

Through the pandemic, I worked with members through months of long days and longer nights ensuring the safety loop of our essential workers and job security for all represented.

There’s so much to do. We need to make UPTE even stronger. Demand respect and recognition from our employers for our work and dedication. Defend and enforce our contracts and negotiated raises. Keep our workplaces safe.

I’m the presidential candidate, experienced in negotiations, running membership programs and with the connections and relationships necessary to protect our wins and with the plans for UPTE’s future.

United We Are Stronger

Systemwide

  • President (2018-2021)
  • Vice President (2015-2018)

Davis

  • President (2016-2018)
  • Vice President (2014-2016)
  • Steward (2012-present)

Bargaining

  • Davis Representative (2011-2013)
  • Chief Negotiator RxTxHx (2017-2019)

CWA

  • Health & Safety Instructor (2016-2019)
  • National Convention Delegate (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)

 

Dan Russell

Candidate for President

Local 1/UC Berkeley
Technical Unit
Business Technology Support Analyst 3
Member Since 2013 

I’ve been an IT technician at UC Berkeley since 2012 and got more involved in UPTE in 2015 after many of my co-workers were laid off before we had union protection. I helped overcome distrust of UPTE among my co-workers because of a lack of communication as we unionized. I joined our Local Executive Board, became a Steward, Local President, Systemwide Board Representative, and RX/TX Bargainer. I was elected Systemwide Executive Vice President in 2017.
 
During our contract campaign, I travelled the state to meet with members and coordinated UPTE’s communications: writing emails, designing flyers, organizing member-to-member texting, and more. These efforts were central to moving UC from their initial offer to what we eventually won – or thought we won.
 
After all of our hard work, UPTE’s current President allowed UC the right to take back 18% in raises and cut our retirement in April 2021 because she thought she had the power to get us a good contract, rather than trusting in you.
 
I’m running for President with the Organize for Power team because all UPTE members need leadership who understand that our power lies with our members. Visit OrganizeUPTE.org to learn more about us! 

 

Joaquin Chavez

Candidate for Vice President

TX, Senior Television Technician, member for 9 years

Statement of qualifications:

It’s an honor to be nominated for Vice President of UPTE-CWA 9119. I was proud to be a leader in our incredible contract victory by directing our organizing training program, training over 150 fellow UPTE members. I have worked to strengthen our bonds with our international union and the wider labor movement, bringing vital resources to our contract and organizing campaigns.

When I started my career in the depths of the last recession, it was the worst job market in a generation. I grew up in a working-class neighborhood of Oakland and lived in Guatemala near the end of the nation’s civil war. I’ve seen children barefoot and hungry, and I’ve seen my friends struggle with joblessness and crushing debt. Only by unifying as working people can we change this and create a future we will be proud to leave to our children.

Experience:

  • UPTE Systemwide Vice President (2018-present)
  • UPTE Systemwide Executive Board (2014-2018)
  • UPTE TX bargainer (2017-19)
  • Davis Local President (2016-2018)
  • Davis Local Vice President (2014-2016)
  • Davis Local Executive Board (2013-2014)
  • CWA National Civil Rights and Equity Committee (2020-present)
  • CWA Minority Leadership Institute, 2019
  • CWA National Convention delegate (2019, 2017, 2015)
  • Executive Board, Sacramento Central Labor Council AFL-CIO (2014-present)

Thanks,
Joaquín

 

Ursula Quinn

Candidate for Vice President

UCLA Local 2, HX, Occupational Therapist and Member of UPTE for 20 years

I’ve been an Occupational Therapist in the Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA for 20 years and I’m running for Vice President with the Organize for Power team to create an effective, member driven union to improve our working conditions, patient care, education, and research.
 
As a single mom renting in one of California’s most expensive cities, I depend on UC to provide job security & fair compensation. I soon realized UC executives prioritize their bottom line over workers and patient care. I knew I had to get more involved during our contract fight and helped with forming the organizing committee and encouraging members to organize their co-workers. I’m still proud of how our strength on the picket line helped us win our contract.
 
It was frustrating to see our leadership fail to build this strength after our contract fight, so I stepped up to co-chair and preserve our organizing committee with support and encouragement from Dan Russell.

UCLA now has the highest UPTE membership rate of any UC. If elected, we will build the power to succeed in future bargaining and protect the work that we love. Visit OrganizeUPTE.org to learn more about my team and me!

 

Eric Wise

Candidate for Executive Vice President

I am honored to have been nominated for Executive Vice President. My first exposure to UPTE was in bargaining, fighting for fellow researchers and techs. I found it meaningful to have a voice at the table for benefits and everyday working conditions of thousands of people across California.

Since becoming a member, I have learned what it means to defend one another. I’ve studied the structure of this union from top to bottom. I was on the team that fought for and won our best contract, and I was trusted to join our president in meeting with Janet Napolitano. I’ve spoken with CWA’s President to push for more support in our struggles. I’ve worked with members at the community colleges and lent time and support for their issues. And I proudly accept this nomination with the following experience:

UCI Chapter 8, Vice President, Chief Steward
UCI Executive Board Representative
RX/TX Bargaining Representative
Chief Bargainer for CoViD-19 Effects on SCRIPPS Research Institute,
System Administrators Accretion
RX/TX Bargainer for CoViD-19 Effects, Flu Shot Mandate
RX/TX Contract Coordinator
Communications Committee
Convention Committee

As Executive Vice President of UPTE, I’d work together with you to build a stronger, more united union.

 

Matias Campos

Candidate for Executive Vice President

Local 7-San Francisco
Healthcare Professionals (HX)
Pharmacist
UPTE member: 3.5 years

Statement:
I’ve been a Pharmacist at UCSF since 2017 and I’m running with the Organize for Power slate because we deserve a strong union to fight for our patients and our students, as well as ourselves.
 
When I came to UCSF, I joined a department plagued by high stress and constant staff turnover, spending too much time training new hires rather than providing the highest quality patient care.
 
I was excited to get involved in UPTE but nervous we had so few experienced member-leaders. I convinced my colleagues to help me prepare a presentation for bargaining and, when that didn’t convince UC, I helped get them all out on the picket line for the first time!
 
Afterwards, I began helping members with worksite issues, recruiting new members at Orientations, facilitating membership meetings, and chairing our Organizing Committee. Today, UCSF has the 2nd highest UPTE membership rate of all UCs. Unfortunately, I realized that our current leadership was not preparing us to defend what we won against the challenges ahead.
 
I am running for Executive Vice President because I believe the Organize for Power team will harness the potential of UPTE. Visit organizeupte.org to learn more about my team and me!

 

Nathaniel Carrera

Candidate for Secretary

I am a UC San Diego steward who has actively fought for members’ rights both on campus and in the hospitals of Hillcrest and La Jolla.  I have empowered members to speak up for their rights and helped find ways for them to contribute towards better working conditions, promoting respect and dignity, ensuring fair wages, and finding strength in solidarity.

I have the distinction of fighting on our bargaining team for the current TX contract, helping ensure that members’ priorities were heard, and solidifying well deserved raises and steps for members to protect their families during these trying times. Bringing the perspective of a previously unrepresented job title and finding opportunities to address membership concerns.

I would be honored to have your vote as Secretary and continue building a strong organizing model for our UC Campuses, Labs, Hospitals, and Community Colleges, being an ardent advocate for members’ rights, and unifying our voices to be stronger together.

Thank you,

Nathaniel Carrera
UPTE-UCSD Local 9 Steward

 

Matt Stephen

Candidate for Secretary

Local 7/UCSF/HX – Physician Assistant, member since 2018

I am a Physician Assistant at UCSF’s Head and Neck Surgery Clinic. I grew up in Texas, a state where unions are rare. I realized how important unions were in highschool when my mom, a single parent who had struggled to pay the bills for many years, got a good job with the US Post Office. A union job. I felt what the power of a union meant – stability and security – in a real way that I’ll never forget.

In 2018, I got the opportunity to work at UCSF as a PA. I soon joined the picket line for our strikes, and then the Organizing Committee, helped orient new employees to UPTE, and engaged in stewarding to help defend our colleagues and our contract.

I am confident that we can build a stronger, more transparent, and democratic union. Our slate has the experience, vision, and professionalism to lead a transformation in our union. I believe this will directly benefit our families, lead to better learning conditions at our campuses, and improve research, care, and outcomes for our patients. Visit OrganizeUPTE.org to learn more about me and the Organize for Power team!

Matthew J. Stephen, PA-C
443-220-7690

 

Shanna Vela

Candidate for Treasurer

I will uplift the voices of all represented under our UPTE-CWA Local 9119.

I work with members across all chapters at our Community Colleges, Department of Energy Laboratories, and at the UC. I was steadfast under political transitions. I navigated UPTE through major economic changes such as the loss of fair share dues collection, and still ensured UPTE’s financial stability during major contract campaigns. During the pandemic I ensured our financial infrastructure under shelter in place, while keeping members and staff safe.

I am a leader in my community, at Butte College, and work with our national CWA.

My integrity is unwavering, ensuring UPTE’s financial health, stability, and future. 

Experience:

  • UPTE Systemwide
    • Treasurer (2016-Present)
    • Executive Board (2015-Present)
    • Finance Committee (2015, 2016, 2017*, 2018*, 2019*, 2020*)
    • Trainer for Local Treasurers (2016-Present)
    • Women’s Committee (2016-Present)
  • UPTE Bargaining Team, Staff Contracts (2018-2019, 2019-Present*)
  • UPTE Audit Contact, Internal and External Audits (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Butte CC Part-time Faculty
    • Bargaining Team (2015-2018, 2018-2021, elected for 2021-2024)
    • Executive Board (2014-Present)
    • Election Committee Chair (2014)
  • CWA
    • Super User for Aptify (2019-Present)
    • National Convention Delegate (2019)
    • District 9 Delegate (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)
    • Human Rights (2016, 2018)
    • PHEW (2017, 2019)

*Denotes Chair

 

Carole Netter

Candidate for Treasurer

Local 2 UCLA HX
Physical Therapist III
Local 2 Organizational Committee Co-Chair
Member since 2018

I have practiced as a physical therapist at UCLA for over 10 years. I became involved in UPTE during our contract campaign and helped my therapist colleagues overcome distrust in UPTE due to lack of communication and organizing when we first became represented.
 
In September of 2019 I committed to co-chair our Organizing Committee. We recruited union leaders across UCLA, initiated outreach to members in order to solicit concerns and questions during this pandemic, and sponsored webinars for members on topics including workers compensation, layoffs, and wages. After one year, UCLA has the highest membership rate of all UCs.

The primary asset of a successful union is an engaged membership. I’ve seen how crucial our professional organizing staff are in supporting member-leaders like myself in achieving that goal and was disappointed to learn that our leadership lacked a similar commitment to organizing and was not using our resources toward that end.

I am running for Treasurer with the Organize for Power team so our dues will be used to engage our membership and for UPTE members to finally have a responsive leadership and effective union. Visit OrganizeUPTE.org to learn more about my team and get involved!