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1. Support AB848 (McCarty): The "STOP OFFSHORING ABUSE" bill

Summary: Bill will stop the offshoring of University of California and California State University jobs, contracts.

With this bill, neither the University of California nor the California State University may contract for services unless that contractor certifies that the work will be performed solely with workers within the United States. Neither the University of California nor the California State University may train contract employees located in foreign countries, or train contract employees that plan to relocate to a foreign country.

Background: In 2004 the University of California San Francisco offshored its medical transcription services to a company in Pakistan. The contractor did not believe she was paid fairly, and threatened to release all of the private medical data onto the open web if she did not get what she wanted. As a result, Assemblymember Liu passed AB 1829 all the way to the Governor’s desk, but unfortunately it was vetoed.

In July of 2016 the University of California San Francisco offshored 17% of its IT services to a company called HCL – a contracting company out of India. The workers were given a lay off date of February 28th 2017, and were told that they were going to have to train their own replacements.  

Contractors and subcontractors are using taxpayer dollars to create jobs in foreign countries. State taxpayer funds should be used to create jobs in the United States and in California.

Purpose of this legislative solution:

  • Stop the UC and CSU from offshoring good paying, middle class Technology jobs out of California
  • Stop the abuse of public funds whereby California tax payers money can go toward eroding the middle class within the state of California
  • Invest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) economy in California
  • Prevent HIPPA violations and other potential threats to patient data and patient care at UC Medical Centers

2. Protect Science from the Trump Budget Axe

UPTE actives and our national union CWA have engaged California legislators to send a delegation letter to the leader of the House of Representatives Ryan and Pelosi.

3. Support SB562 (Lara and Atkins): The Healthy California Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made history by expanding health insurance to millions of Californians for the first time. However, it left insurance companies in charge of our healthcare system. Also, even with the ACA, 3,800,000 California residents are still uninsured.

With the federal government again doing healthcare reform, moving more responsibility for healthcare to the states, it’s imperative that California establish a better, truly universal system, which finally gets costs under control. The Golden State can set the standard for the country by implementing a just and equitable healthcare system — Healthy California!

The consensus is clear: Our current healthcare coverage system works for no one except insurance companies and Big Pharma. Hardworking Americans are going bankrupt, delaying care, choosing between medical bills and basics like food and rent, and unnecessarily suffering and dying because healthcare is not guaranteed as a human right.

But Californians are determined to change that and, in doing so, lead the way for the rest of the nation. SB 562 (Lara and Atkins):

  • Covers Everybody: each of us gets the healthcare we need through a healthcare system that guarantees healthcare for all.
  • Is a Simple System: Residents are automatically enrolled in Healthy California and have comprehensive health benefits.
  • Reduces Costs: Healthy California pays for all covered healthcare services and therefore has the power to control all of the costs.
  • Is Accountable to the Public: Healthy California is accountable to the public. Doctors and nurses, not insurance companies, are in charge.

Therefore, UPTE-CWA Local 9119 strongly supports SB 562.

4. Support AB1038 (Bonta): Commission for Universal and Tuition-Free Higher Education

Summary: AB 1038 would create a Blue-Ribbon Commission to study and develop a plan toward a un iversal and tuition-free higher education system in California

The Commission’s plan will address the needs of California’s diverse population and issues of equity. The Commission will submit its report to the Governor and the Legislature by 2019.
Background: Although California has one of the most well regarded public higher education systems in the country, tuition increases have made college less affordable and less accessible to far too many communities.

Tuition and other costs have dramatically outpaced the rate of inflation and wage growth, and the number of enrollment slots and public college campuses has not kept up with population increases. The full price of college beyond tuition is a significant barrier and burden for students from low- and middle-income families. For instance, in 2011-2012, the average non-tuition cost of attending a UC was $17,264 (57% of the total cost), and the average non-tuition cost of attending a CSU was $12,781 (66% of the total cost).

The needs of our diverse democracy and 21st century economy increasingly require our residents to have a college education. This is especially true for communities of color who comprise the new California majority.

Purpose of this legislative solution:

  • Create a blue-ribbon commission;
  • Engage the public and stakeholder groups on post-secondary education;
  • Develop a plan to ensure that public universities and colleges in California are tuition-free and universal by the year 2030;
  • Submit plan to Legislature and Governor by 2019;
  • Require the Legislature to hold public hearings on the submitted plan.

Other bills we have supported this 2017 legislative session:

  • AB393 (Quirk-Silva): Reversing tuition and fee increases. All three segments of higher education would have their tuition and fees frozen at where they were on 12/31/2016
  • AB204 (Medina): Reinstating Community College Students’ Board of Governor’s fee waiver
  • SB54 (DeLeon): California becomes a Sanctuary State
  • AB 310 (Medina): Part Time Faculty Office Hours – reporting
  • SB 201 (Skinner): Collective Bargaining rights for Research Assistants at UC
  • SB 562 (Lara and Atkins): Single Payer Health Care for All in California

For questions or comments please contact UPTE-CWA's Legislative & Political Director
Amy Hines-Shaikh.

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