UPTE Weekly Update – Week of 7/5

Good afternoon! We hope you had a peaceful and relaxing long weekend. 

Please find the fourth edition of our UPTE UPDATE below.

 

HEADLINES

UC Schools Receive a Surplus of Money From Governor Gavin Newsom

https://scriberrnews.com/2021/07/03/uc-schools-receive-a-surplus-of-money-from-governor-gavin-newsom/

 

UC announces new chair, committee appointments for Board of Regents

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-announces-new-chair-committee-appointments-board-regents

 

UC Board of Regents votes to end affiliation with restrictive healthcare institutions

https://dailybruin.com/2021/06/27/uc-board-of-regents-votes-to-end-affiliation-with-restrictive-healthcare-institutions

 

UC UPDATE

System Administrators Bargaining Session Wednesday

Thank you to the 95 system administrators (SysAds) across the UC system who attended a pre-bargaining meeting on June 30th. 
 
Tomorrow, July 7th, SysAds will go into their first bargaining session with UC administrators. 
 
Since 2017, UC has denied SysAds fair raises and equitable increases in pay consistent with the UPTE contract. Departments depend on SysAds to keep information systems operational so their teachers can instruct the doctors, architects, programmers, and leaders of tomorrow. When the pandemic caused campuses to go remote, they turned to SysAds for innovative solutions to that challenge. 
 
SysAds are proud of their work to ensure that UC’s mission continued during a moment of crisis. They do not feel valued when the University does not compensate them fairly to support themselves and their families.
 
At their bargaining session tomorrow, SysAds will make demands for higher wages, a secure retirement, and respect at work. 
 
If you are a SysAd and want to support your fellow SysAds on the bargaining team, be sure to sign this petition in support of a fair contract. 

 

Lab Update

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Workers Authorize Strike 

Last Thursday, July 1st, workers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. 
 
For the last two years, management at LLNL has turned a deaf ear to worker demands to be compensated fairly for the work they provide. 
 
Our skilled trades workers are not paid market rates for their talents.
 
This situation has led to safety issues, as the lab has been unable to retain or recruit top talent. 
 
For the last few months, our lab workers have held informational pickets outside the LLNL to agitate for fair pay and safer worker conditions. 
 
Our workers have had enough. Their fight is our fight. 

  

CWA UPDATE

Free Career Planning for CWA Members

CWA/NETT has launched a new interactive career planning resource.

C-Point is a powerful, self-directed portal that allows everyone to progress through a well-planned career review process and do it at their own pace. With most employers requiring a resume and interview, this resource has many tools to sharpen your skills in these areas. 

You can request access to the free CWA member resource by visiting www.cwanett.org/c-point

Live zoom orientation sessions are available upon request to learn how to use the tools available.

 

GENERAL UPDATES

Call for UPTE Photos

Do you have pictures of yourself performing your job? UPTE wants to use your images for union materials. If you are willing to share them, send them to sfelsing@upte-cwa.org

Be sure to label the pictures you send with your name, title, and campus. 

 

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