|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: April 05, 2005|
The service workers are demanding:
(2) UPTE prepares for strike vote as UC refuses to acknowledge turnover savings
More than rational arguments at the bargaining table may be needed to reach contact agreement. For that reason, the UPTE executive board has set the last week of April for a strike authorization vote for all UPTE TX and RX members. Members are signing strike pledge cards so to indicate their willingness to participate if we are actually forced to strike.
Clerical employees continue to work without a contract, and the nurses' contract is about to expire. Working together, we will pressure UC in every way possible -- including media, protests, unfair labor practice charges and legislative hearings. We hope the collective pressure of these actions combined with the willingness of many UPTE members signing strike pledge cards will enable us to get a fair contract without going on strike.
(3) Legislative hearing to investigate UC labor relations problems
UPTE's presentation will focus on the retaliation against some of our members for union activity, such as the example of UCSD illegally dismissing UPTE local president Carolan Buckmaster for talking to her co-workers about the union. Activists from other unions have also been targeted at San Diego , but UC's Office of the President has not brought these union-busting maneuvers under control. Likewise, clerical and other union negotiators have been targeted for layoff or reclassification out of the bargaining unit. UPTE will also make a presentation about how UC's lack of accountability with our wage money is causing long-term harm to the quality of the University.
The hearing is open to the public and we encourage UPTE members to attend. It will take place from 11AM to 1PM in room 113 of the State Capitol in Sacramento . Please let your local UPTE office know you are interested in attending and we will arrange for travel.
(4) Don't get duped into signing the petitions
Schwarzenegger and his wealthy backers are seeking to buy these legislative changes because elected lawmakers in California will not support them. Please don't get duped into signing any of these petitions in front of your local supermarkets -- they are not what they seem!
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