UPTE Weekly Update: Week of 7/26

Happy Tuesday. It’s a busy week in the UPTE world. Read more below. 

HEADLINES

Lawrence Livermore National Lab Workers Plan for Three-Day Strike

https://www.independentnews.com/news/lawrence-livermore-national-lab-workers-plan-for-three-day-strike/article_46303102-ee4d-11eb-be27-df539f7b3e48.html

UC students turned a ‘forever’ tuition increase into a five-year increase

https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2021/07/25/uc-students-turned-a-forever-tuition-increase-into-a-five-year-increase/ 

California community college students will soon be required to take ethnic studies

https://edsource.org/2021/california-community-college-students-will-soon-be-required-to-take-ethnic-studies/657918

Eloy Ortiz Oakley to Temporarily Advise Biden 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/07/20/california-community-colleges-chancellor-will-advise-biden-administration 

UC UPDATE

Tuition Hike

At their meeting last week, the University of California Regents approved a multi-year tuition and fee increase, the first since 2017. 

In the 2022-2023 school year, campuses across the UC system will raise their tuition and fees by two percent plus inflation. Incoming in-state undergraduates that year will pay an additional $534, putting their total financial cost at $13,000 a year. 

Future undergraduates will see smaller increases in their tuition and fees for six years before such raises become only based on inflation. 

Regents will revisit their plan in five years. 

You can read the plan here. 

LAB UPDATE

Strike!

Some 200 of our Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) brothers and sisters began a three-day, unfair labor practice strike today. The skilled trades workers filed charges against Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which runs the lab, for failing to negotiate in good faith mandatory on-call rotation for staff members in contract bargaining. 

“The National Labor Relations Act requires employers to bargain over matters like mandatory on-call rotation, but instead, LLNS implemented mandatory on-call without giving us an opportunity to bargain over the change in policy while we were in the middle of contract negotiations. The National Labor Relations Board found merit to our unfair labor practice charge and issued a complaint against LLNS for violating federal labor law,” said SPSE-UPTE Chief Bargainer Steve Balke. “LLNS really should be ashamed of themselves.” 

You can join your peers at the lab from 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Thursday. There will be people stationed at each of LLNL’s entrances. 

You can join your peers at 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA, 94550-9234

Community College Update

The Need for Full-Time/Local Faculty

At the University of California regents meeting last week, Greg Camfield, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Merced, gave a great reason why community colleges, specifically the College of the Sequoias, should hire more full-time faculty and invest in local talent.

Watch the video here.

UPTE is working on ways to highlight Camfield’s point. 

CWA UPDATE

Help Pass the Pro Act 

This week, on Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29, CWA members and retirees will be calling voters in Arizona, Alaska, and Virginia to ask them to urge their Senators to do the right thing and get the PRO Act passed.

You’ll need a laptop and phone or smartphone to make the calls. 

RSVP at CWA.org/PROActPhonebank to receive information via email on how to join!
 

GENERAL UPDATES

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. 

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