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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM UPTE-CWA LOCAL 9119, THE UNION FOR PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES AT UC!

0% pay increase not enough? UC employees who have a union get more than employees without a union.

UC has now given or offered raises to UC employees who are covered by a union contract:
Bargaining Unit Union Effective date of raise Amount of Pay Increase
Healthcare professionals UPTE-CWA Local 9119 July, 2008 Most titles more than 5%;
Many titles more than 10%
Service unit AFSCME Local 3299 December, 2008 UC offer: 1.0% to 1.5% for 3 years, in addition to step increases; not dependent on the state budget
Patient care technical unit AFSCME Local 3299 October, 2007 4% retroactive to 10/07;
2.5% effective 1/09;
2.5% effective 7/09;
3.0% effective 1/10;
3.0% effective 1/11;
3.0% effective 1/12
Nurses CNA December, 2008 UC offer: 4% to 9% for FY 2008-2009
Police FUPOA October, 2008 2% to 8%

Staff without contracts aren’t a priority
Employees who don’t have the protection of a union contract are an easy target when budgets are reduced. UC’s executives continue to get pay increases, like those of:

  1. David T. Feinberg, MD, newly appointed Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Hospital System at UCLA who received a 179 percent increase ($474,600) in base salary, for a new annual base salary of $739,700

  2. Stipend extension for Samuel Hawgood, Acting Dean at the School of Medicine at UCSF, who received, a stipend of 94.3 percent ($181,425) to increase his current faculty base salary of $192,300 and his Health Sciences Compensation Plan (HSCP) pay of $195,475 to an annual salary of $569,200

UC’s funding from the state may be in jeopardy, but state funding provides less than 25% of UC’s revenue. When UC management wants to find the money, it is usually able to.

2009 – it’s got to be better than 2008!
UPTE members are looking forward to 2009. We have a new US president taking office and providing hope at a critical time in our nation. With the economy in a freefall, all social programs, including education, research, housing, and healthcare are in danger. This is a time to join together and work for our common good. UC employees are not immune from the downturn in the economy and its effects on education and research. Working together provides the best security for our futures at UC. We’re organizing a union for UC’s administrative professional employees and now is the time to sign up for change. We are collecting commitment cards to show our commitment to winning union representation for administrative professionals at UC so that we have a seat at the table to fight for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

January 24, 2009 – save the date!
Union supporters from around the state will gather in Berkeley on Saturday, January 24 to meet and plan the next steps toward winning union representation for administrative professionals at UC. The meeting will be from 10am to 4 pm and will include discussion of workplace issues and how we can work together to address these issues and win improvements on the job. Please join us! For more information, please contact Kim Carter at ap@upte-cwa.org.

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, not only do we support the effort to win union representation for Administrative Professionals, but also 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.

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).

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UPTE-CWA 9119  |  P.O. Box 4443, Berkeley, CA 94704 | 510.704.8783  |  info@upte-cwa.org