UPTE Weekly Update – Week of 8/2

Welcome New Officers

Last week, UPTE’s election committee called our systemwide election. Now we have new officers! 

Please welcome:

Ursula Quinn, Acting President

Matias Campos, Executive Vice President

Carole Netter, Treasurer

Matt Stephen, Secretary

 

The group issued the below statement: 

“We are honored to have been elected as your new officers and look forward to working with all of our members across the state to make sure that the University of California, Community Colleges, and National Labs provide the best public healthcare, education, and research. 

“Our power as a union doesn’t come from leaders – it comes from all of us standing together and building the power to win on the issues most important to all of us. Together, we can overcome the challenges we face today and protect ourselves, our communities, and our shared future.”

You can watch our officers get sworn in below. 

In the coming weeks, the new officers will contact members to share new ideas and plans.

 

HEADLINES

University of California doesn’t have enough seats for qualified students at most campuses

https://ktla.com/news/local-news/university-of-california-doesnt-have-enough-seats-for-qualified-students-at-most-campuses/

17,000 University of California Researchers Could Soon Win a Union

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/07/university-of-california-student-researchers-union

What you need to know about the University of California’s plans for 2021-22

https://www.pe.com/2021/07/29/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-university-of-californias-plans-for-2021-22/

Livermore: Lab workers strike amid contract negotiations

https://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2021/07/28/livermore-lab-workers-strike-amid-contract-negotiations

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

Wednesday Morning News Roundup

https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Wednesday-Morning-News-Roundup-16345187.php

 

LAB UPDATE

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Strike 

For three days last week, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Workers went on strike to fight an unfair labor practice. Most of the media coverage for the event is in the Headlines section, but below are some video clips of the strike. 

Click on the images to watch the coverage. 

 

 

CWA UPDATE

CWA Public, Healthcare and Education Workers Pledge to Build Back Better

Last week, participants in the CWA Public, Healthcare and Education Workers (PHEW) sector “Public Workers Build Back Better” digital summit united around a clear message: after withstanding years of attacks and weathering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we urgently need to fight for our public services, and CWA members and public workers who provide them.

That message was reinforced by CWA President Chris Shelton at the summit’s plenary session. “This is our moment,” Shelton said. “Every one of you must mobilize your members to make sure that your state and local governments are going to use [American Rescue Plan relief funds] to restore jobs, raise wages, provide premium and hazard pay, and make job-creating investments in public services.”

Other sessions of the summit focused on mobilization, pensions, stimulus relief funds, and building momentum for bargaining.

More than 200 members and leaders from across the sector attended the online digital summit and were joined by CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens; CWA Vice-Presidents Dennis Trainor (District 1), Richard Honeycutt (District 3), Linda L. Hinton (District 4), Brenda Roberts (District 7), and Frank Arce (District 9); IUE-CWA Industrial Division President Carl Kennebrew; and At-Large Executive Board Members Gloria Middleton (Northeast Region) and Erika White (Central Region).

During the summit, PHEW Sector Vice President Margaret Cook emphasized the importance of political action, contributions to CWA’s Political Action Fund, and fighting for voting rights as part of the agenda. “We serve the community, and we work for the community, so we understand how important politics is as part of what we do,” she said.

 

GENERAL UPDATES

Green New Deal Committee to Meet on Aug. 9 

The UPTE Green New Deal Committee will meet Monday, Aug. 9, from 5-6 pm

At the meeting, the group will review last week’s awesome Climate Convergence–Labor Perspectives sponsored by Alameda & Contra Costa Central Labor Councils and hear reports from our co-workers on the Front Lines.

Find the zoom link below. The group will send a reminder with the zoom link on Monday, Aug. 9, for your convenience.

 

UPTE San Diego is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: UPTE GND Committee

Time: Aug 9, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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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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