Over the last two years – while we have been fighting for a fair contract – UC executives have been working to expand their ability to break our power, this time by outsourcing our work to private contractors.
First we learned about the Rehab Hospital in Davis, where UC plans to eliminate nearly 40 jobs by contracting out work to a “joint venture” with for-profit Kindred Healthcare. UC is refusing to bargain, and long-time UC employees will be forced to re-apply for their current jobs with the new company, losing their UC pay and benefits, or be reassigned elsewhere at UC Davis outside the areas of their specialties.
Then we learned about their plan to outsource $56,000,000 in IT services across all 5 UC Medical Centers, including UPTE members’ work.
Just weeks ago we discovered a plan authorizing the outsourcing of more than $150,000,000 of clinical, non-clinical, and IT jobs at the Medical Centers. UC entered into this agreement with no notice to the union, and already, departments are starting to outsource UPTE work to the private contractor.
UC’s move to bypass the union by negotiating these agreements in secret is yet another flagrant violation of our rights.
If we don’t stand up to UC’s ongoing violation of the law, in an attempt to undermine our union and the standards we have fought for, what message will that send?