|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: May 12, 2004|
(1) UC and Governor Preparing a Compact for Budget: Sign “Count Me In” card”
They need to hear your voice! If you have not yet signed our “Count Me In” card please do so right away on our web site at http://www.initcomp.com/UPTE/legcard.html. You can fill in your name and job information and send it to us automatically. We will deliver it in person this Thursday and keep you posted on what happens.
Getting staff wages included in upcoming state budgets and making sure they are not diverted for other purposes is the first step in our effort to get a TX/RX contract with decent wages. Our bargaining sessions with UC will begin on May 25-27 and June 2-4 in Oakland . UC has presented us with an initial offer of no raises for this year. Once the state budget is passed, we will target the funds that UC receives for our raises including a 0.5% incentive award fund, staff turnover savings and money for raises from grants and other fund sources.
One of our principal goals in our contract will be for all TX and RX employees to regularly receive step increases each year. Now that everyone is on a step pay system, we have to ensure that the steps are implemented. The money is there so let's work together to make sure we get it.
(2) UPTE Reorganization Plan: Input Requested
(3) Problems at UC-managed DOE Labs
UPTE members have set two main goals. First, protect employee benefits and rights. Second, retain UC as the contractor as long as UC takes concrete steps to improve labor relations.
Our members have launched an aggressive lobbying campaign in Congress, the Department of Energy and other committees preparing and evaluating the bids for these contracts. As a result, protections for employee benefits will almost certainly be included as a condition for any contract (in the Request for Proposals).
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