|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: October 12, 2004|
(1) TX & RX: Contract Expires. What Now?
With no contract in place, the University can no longer make many changes normally allowed under the contract. New work rules, including attendance policies and dress codes, schedule changes, reorganizations, benefits, leave policies, parking rates are all now locked in until UPTE members ratify a new contract. The University will also be required to pay for all overtime worked, unless the union agrees to individuals receiving comp time instead. For a full explanation of the effects of the contract expirations, see www.upte.org\contractexpires.html .
The contract for clerical workers (represented by CUE) also expired on September 30 and the contract for service workers (represented by AFSCME) expired last June. With UPTE, these unions have made a commitment to work together for step increases for all years of our contract. See article 3 below for more.
(2) TX & RX: Bargaining Survey—Forfeit Raise Now for Two Days Off?
The UPTE bargaining team wants to give your input to UC. Fill out the bargaining survey being distributed in all workplaces. If you did not get one, you can fill it out online: www.upte.org/raisesurvey.html
(3) TX & RX: Unions Join Forces for Step Wage Increases
At each campus and throughout the UC system, our unions will be working together to coordinate activities. The unions representing the academic student employees, nurses, lecturers and librarians unions have also pledged their support for our effort to get fair raises.
(4) All: Unions Prevail in Holding Down Benefits Costs Increases
UPTE will demand that UC bargain over the increase in the Pacific Care premiums and UC will not be able to legally increase these premiums until we settle the contract. In all likelihood, UC will violate the law as they did with the lecturers a couple years ago, and UPTE will have to pursue an unfair labor practice charge.
UPTE will be posting more complete information and advice about the benefits on our website soon.
(5) Deadline to Register to Vote
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