UPTE-UCR Local 5 is the University Professional & Technical Employees at UC Riverside. There are more than 12,000 UC employees covered by UPTE contracts.
UPTE was founded in 1990 by a group of employees who believed that UC workers would benefit by having a union to safeguard and expand our rights in the workplace. There are UPTE locals at all campuses and medical centers of the University of California. In 1993, UPTE members voted to affiliate with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a 700,000 member union in the AFL-CIO, in order to better organize and represent UC workers.
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