|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: August 10, 2005|
UPTE stands for protecting our members' right to voice and act on their beliefs. We will not allow UC to punish our members for exercising their basic democratic right to free speech in the workplace. That an institution of higher education that stands for the open exchange of ideas (and whose motto is “Let there be light”) will hold up modest raises in an attempt to squelch free speech rights is a surprise to us and to many legislators, who are calling on UC to drop this demand and settle the contract.
We ask you to exercise your free speech rights right now by emailing UC President Dynes a message via our website . Feel free to add your own comments. We are bargaining with UC this Thursday and Friday. If UC drops this demand, we believe that we can quickly agree on a fair contract. Defending the freedom to support our co-workers will help all of us obtain better working conditions at UC.
(2) Labor Board Issues Bad Faith Bargaining Complaints Against
This latest PERB complaint comes on the heels of 3 previous complaints about UC's failure to provide information needed by the union for bargaining, as well as evading the bargaining process by making unilateral changes on some campuses. To settle these complaints, UPTE will demand that UC provide the information and reverse its retaliatory actions against UPTE members who participated in recent workplace actions.
If passed, this measure would make it much more difficult for UPTE to participate in legislative hearings investigating UC's lack of financial accountability and illegal labor practices. The union would be limited in its ability to ask legislators for support in bargaining, or to act in our members' interests over job privatization (which is now happening at the Los Alamos National Lab, where 8,000 UC employees work).
Corporations, however, would not be similarly restricted. Corporate bigwigs could continue to host three-martini luncheons with legislators, “informational” gatherings for politicians at the golf course or yacht club, or any other meetings with legislators to give their advice and large financial contributions.
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