E-Bulletin for University of California Administrative Professionals: August, 2008

Budget Battle heating Up
The battle for a budget in the state of California has heated up. On July 31, Governor Schwarzenegger signed an executive order that called for 200,000 state worker’s pay to be slashed to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour. In addition, 25,000 temporary, return retiree, and student workers were laid off. Schwarzenegger’s attack on working people has had an effect on UC workers. UC President Mark Yudof sent an email to all UC employees giving notice that he will do whatever is "appropriate to assist the Governor and the State" with the budget crisis. He did not rule out the possibility that UC might join the Governor in slashing our pay, too. Yudof said that we would get the difference later. UPTE has taken the position that President Yudof should stand up for UC employees and tell the governor that cutting our pay is unacceptable. To protest the possible cuts, UPTE has organized an e-picket. For more information,
click here.

The Results are In
More than 1000 administrative professionals participated in UPTE’s online workplace issues survey. A majority of respondents cited the university’s salary increase system as inadequate, flawed, unfair, and biased. Additionally, respondents expressed concern for pension and benefit security, and pay equity,. Administrative professionals around the state expressed interest in union representation to help fight UC’s unfair policies. For a full survey report, click here.

No raise this year? Try a reclass!
In tight budget times with pay increases limited, the only way to get a raise may be to request a reclassification. Reclassifications are appropriate if your job has changed so that a significant portion of your new job duties are at a higher level. While each campus or medical center usually requires specific forms and procedures, here are the routine steps involved in filing a reclassification request.

When UC’s administrative professionals vote to be covered by a union contract, we can negotiate strong reclassification language that guarantees provisions like:

  • The right to binding arbitration if a reclassification is denied
  • The right to a fair review of your position even if the request is not supported by your supervisor
  • Automatic review of positions after a certain period of time
  • Guarantees that decisions will be made within a specified time period
  • Easy access to reclassification materials
  • Sharing of job descriptions

It’s a shame that we have to resort to individual reclassifications in order for our pay to acknowledge the important service we provide to the University. We’re organizing for the opportunity to gain UPTE-CWA representation for administrative professionals. To show your commitment to your job and your future, sign the UPTE Commitment Card on the website or call us at (510) 704-8783.

Join UPTE Today to Build a Union for Administrative Professionals
As members of UPTE that do not yet have a union contract, we can advocate for our interests from our pay and benefits to workload challenges. Hundreds of staff professionals have signed up as members of UPTE. By joining UPTE, we not only support the effort to win union representation for Administrative Professionals, but it also supports the already organized UPTE units in their effort to win a contract with fair wages, secure benefits, and a voice on the job. Dues are $22 per month and are paid through payroll deduction. To download a membership application, click here.

For more information, or to get involved, please email ap@upte-cwa.org.

This bulletin provides a resource for workplace issues affecting UC’s staff professionals and ways we can work together to solve them. It also keeps us updated on administrative professionals’ organizing efforts with the University Professional and Technical Employees union (UPTE).