|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: April 25, 2005|
The participation of UPTE members in the strike along with members of CUE, UAW, AFT and CNA, made all the difference in demonstrating to UC that they needed to settle with AFSCME to achieve some labor peace. The contract for nurses (represented by CNA) expires on April 30. They have already hit difficult bargaining, with UC proposing wage concessions. UPTE and CUE (representing clericals) are also working without contracts and preparing for strikes. With support from other UC unions, we can also reach contract settlements soon.
(2) Participate in UPTE strike authorization vote next week
Come to the strike authorization polling locations at your campus and cast your ballot. Notices of polling locations have gone out to all members. Non-members may vote if they sign up at the polling location. We are asking that all members sign a strike pledge card so that your co-workers know we can depend on each other for solidarity.
An UPTE strike at this time will be of short duration like the AFSCME strike, and may well involve other unions at the same time. Our union has filed many unfair labor practice charges about UC's bad faith bargaining. If UC continues to violate the law, we have the legal right to strike. For more information about UPTE's strike benefits and other questions, see our contract mobilizing site.
(3) Pressure campaign for UPTE contract
Participation from union members at every level puts pressure on the University to realize we are united in our demands. You can get involved in any of these activities. If you have not already done so, please start by signing the strike pledge card.
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