|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: May 31, 2005|
Countless media outlets, from CNN to the Spanish-language Univision network, ran the story that UC administrators are undermining the University's reputation for world-class research and education by not addressing dramatically high staff turnover. For example, ABC's news channel reported, “The union is pushing for step increases that reward seniority, which could help reduce the number of researchers leaving the system.” While we could not catch every press report, we have collected many. Check out what the news media in your area said .
We received great support from other UC unions and several building trades unions. Most construction sites at UC (and there are lots of them!) stopped work as union electricians, ironworkers and others refused to cross our picket lines. Academic student employees (UAW), clericals (CUE) and other UC union members also walked the picket line and attended our noon rallies.
The message went out loud and clear to UC: stop your bad faith bargaining, show us where the money is and settle a contract NOW!
The energy generated by this strike will hopefully propel us to a quick contract resolution when we resume bargaining with UC this Thursday, June 2. Stay tuned for bargaining updates shortly after.
Strike benefits will be distributed within a couple weeks. Please contact your UPTE-CWA local if you have any questions.
Today, the New York Times has a full page ad with an open letter to UC President Dynes signed by legislators and faculty requesting that he support researchers. The same advertisement ran in the Chronicle for Higher Education, which is read by University administrators throughout the country. President Dynes' colleagues around the country will be questioning him about what he is doing to stop the exodus of quality researchers.
While the Regents approved building a new hospital at UCSF and are preparing for a new administrative building to house the Office of the President in Oakland (they just built one a decade ago), UPTE activists will press them to be concerned about the staff that will actually work in these marble palaces.
Graduation events bring in huge numbers of potential donors to UC.. While congratulating the new UC alumni, we will encourage them to ask twice if UC actually has adequate staffing before they make contributions. We will give them the facts and detailed questions to ask.
UPTE members will be presenting an independent study to all legislators as they consider approving the UC budget. It will show how UC can afford our step increases by using turnover savings. If you want to go to Sacramento to help convince legislators of our cause, contact UPTE's legislative chair.
In short, keep wearing your “unity” buttons and attend any UPTE contract mobilization events you can until we get UC's agreement to give us decent raises.
(3) CUE Members Approve Strike
Something must be wrong at University. It has nearly guaranteed funding through a compact with the governor for years to come, but the workers all have to resort to strikes to settle their contracts.
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