eBulletin for Administrative Professionals
January 2011

Happy New Year!
2010 was a difficult time for many professional employees at UC. Budget cutbacks, increased workloads, furloughs, rising health care costs, and an overall malaise made our jobs more challenging. Here’s hoping that 2011 is brighter.

How do we make 2011 better than 2010?
We actually need to do more than hope for a better future. January 1 marked the effective date of additional pay raises in the form of step increases for eligible technical and research professional staff at UC. These employees are represented by UPTE-CWA 9119 and are scheduled to receive step increases of approximately 2.3%.  The only way staff salaries are going to begin to keep pace with inflation and be able to offset increased pension and health care premium contributions is with a union contract. Take the first step toward a union contract by signing an UPTE “commitment card” that shows your support for a union for UC’s professional employees.

Fair is Fair
The holidays also brought the revelation that 36 of UC’s highest paid executives are threatening to sue the University if the Regents decide not to increase the way their pensions are calculated. The executives claim that “broken promises” would lead to morale problems. The average UC employee knows something about broken promises: massive increases to Health Net premiums, a new second tier of pension benefits that threatens the long-term health of UCRS, difficulty providing the best services that we can because of layoffs and lack of other resources, younger employees falling under the new second tier of retiree health benefits, etc.

The executives’ unseemly threat has met with universal condemnation – even from some of the executives who would be affected by this. UC President Mark Yudof has condemned the threat, although it’s important to note that he negotiated a separate deal with the Regents that will pay him an annual pension of $350,000 if he serves as UC president for 7 years.

All UC employees deserve to be treated with fairness and respect. The only way to guarantee this is with the legal protection of a union contract. Show your support for a union. If you’d like more information about UPTE, check out our website.

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).

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