|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: September 02, 2005|
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(1) Contract Now! Bargaining For Our Collective Strength
In researcher and tech bargaining, we have worked through some of the difficult issues surrounding compensation, and can come to an agreement that includes the governor's compact money and step increases for several years. But there is one big sticking point. The University is holding up the contract by demanding we give up our constitutional right to respect the workplace actions of other UC unions. This fundamental right is based on First Amendment guarantees of free speech. If the nurses or service workers go on strike to defend their right to a pension and affordable benefits, the University wants to be able to discipline or fire us for respecting their picket lines. UC realizes how powerful it is when we act on our consciences and stand in solidarity with each other. It wants to divide us so it can begin to take away the benefits that have kept us at UC. Will we stand together or fall separately?
We want your opinion! Please fill out online the UPTE bargaining poll.
You can also take action to pressure UC to back off on its attempt to eviscerate our free speech rights:
(2) Health Care Bargaining Surveys Due
The main issues raised so far include:
If you are not yet a member, joining the union sends a clear message to UC about how important these negotiations are to you. If you are a member, please make sure your coworkers have joined the union too. By joining, at no extra cost, you get a voice in your future!
(3) Division in the AFL-CIO
UPTE will continue to work together with all labor organizations -- inside and outside of the AFL-CIO -- for our collective benefit. The decision of a few leaders of unions in Washington, DC to split from the AFL-CIO will not deter us from working together to stop the assault on our retirement, as well as advocate for interests by defeating anti-worker measures like Proposition 75, part of the governor's agenda in the upcoming special election. The assault on workers rights, from ergonomics to family medical leave and retirement, makes this a crucial time for us to stick together.
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