UPTE Weekly Update: Week of 7/20

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HEADLINES 

UC regents poised to approve landmark $300 million housing gift despite eviction concerns

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-regents-poised-to-approve-landmark-300-16318348.php 

 

UC Announces Receipt of $15M Mellon Grant to Support Faculty Diversity

https://kfiam640.iheart.com/content/2021-07-16-uc-announces-receipt-of-15m-mellon-grant-to-support-faculty-diversity/

 

UC-AFT to hold state-supervised mediation with UC after unresolved negotiations

https://dailybruin.com/2021/07/17/uc-aft-to-hold-state-supervised-mediation-with-uc-after-unresolved-negotiations 

 

UC Berkeley must review the impact of student enrollment increase, judge rules

https://www.berkeleyside.org/2021/07/13/uc-berkeley-student-enrollment-increase-ceqa

 

UC tuition hike: Regents to vote on ‘forever’ increase

https://calmatters.org/education/higher-education/2021/07/uc-tuition-hike/

 

California community colleges must do more to help students avoid remedial courses

https://edsource.org/2021/california-community-colleges-must-do-more-to-help-students-avoid-remedial-courses/658024 

 

UC UPDATE 

UC Vaccination Policy Update 

Last week, the University of California officially released its full vaccination policy. It will go into effect on August 4th. The new rules require all faculty and staff to get vaccinated before returning to campus in the fall, unless they can establish a religious or medical exemption. 

Please note that while UPTE believes everyone should be vaccinated, we do not believe people should be denied employment if they have a legitimate reason for refusing to be vaccinated. We are currently bargaining the effects of the proposed policy with UC. We are also awaiting a decision from the Public Employment Relations Board regarding a similar policy mandating that employees receive a flu shot.  We will continue to keep our members informed on these important issues. 

Read the current vaccination policy.

 

UC Regents Meeting

UC Regents began their regular meeting today and will finish on Thursday. 

Regents will discuss tuition and financial aid increases, how to move forward after COVID-19, and rules regarding healthcare organizations that have adopted policy-based restrictions on care. 

The meeting is entirely virtual. You can attend here.

 

LAB UPDATE

The State of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

At 2:30 PM today, Mike Witherell, Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will brief UC Regents on the current state of the Laboratory. 

Watch the presentation here

 

GENERAL UPDATES

Last week, California released its Just Transition roadmap. A Just Transition is a sustainable and equitable economic transition to carbon-neutrality that builds a robust clean economy in which all Californians prosper. 

Read the full report

UPTE is a supporter of this program and has been active in working towards a clean and productive future for workers. 

Call for UPTE Photos

We here at UPTE are looking for photos of our members to use in marketing materials. We want shots of members working. We want images of our members participating in UPTE activities. Do you have any of these photos? If you do, please send them to sfelsing@upte-cwa.org

We especially want photos from our community college members and our lab workers. 

For past UPTE Updates, visit http://www.upte.org/local/new/upte-weekly-update/