|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: September 26, 2005|
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The final sticking point is UC's attempt to undermine our constitutional right to free speech in our support of other unions' picket lines by requiring a “no sympathy strikes” clause in the contract. The ability to stand together with other UC employees, who share our concerns about pay, benefits, retirement and more, is essential if we are to succeed in the future. On the issue of free speech rights, UPTE has proposed removing all other issues from the bargaining table, and taking UC's “no sympathy strikes” demand to a mediator. The University has agreed to this demand.
In addition to our strike in May, UPTE members have:
All of these activities have gotten us 90% of the way there in settling our contract. If you haven't yet lent your voice to this battle, please go to http://www.upte.org/dynes.html to send a message to President Dynes asking him to remove UC's outrageous anti-free speech proposal from the table. Post a free speech flyer in your workplace.
One way or another, UPTE members will prevail and retain their rights. Either UC will give up on trying to strip us of our rights and sign a contract, or UC will try to impose our agreed upon contract terms and have no right to impose a ban on any strikes at all. Either way UPTE members will be able to stand in support of health care employees, nurses, clericals and academic student employees, and not fear losing their jobs for expressing their constitutional rights.
The only downside is that if the University chooses the latter course and refuses to sign a contract, we will lose the right to arbitrate grievances. While few workplace issues go to arbitration, when they do it is usually important. To fight back if we do lose this right, we will organize our members, legislators and the labor board to support any member that is treated improperly.
(2) The Labor Board and Legislators Agree: UC Must Stop Breaking the Law
(3) Health Care Professionals Set Priorities
First and foremost, we aim to have all represented employees informed and talking about what they want out of the bargaining process. UPTE's Vital Signs newsletters, departmental and individual meetings, and tables in the cafeterias are all part of our intensive effort to reach everyone. If we have not had the opportunity to speak with you yet, let us know. We can arrange a meeting in your workplace and bring membership forms for all the non-members.
Our contract expires June 20, 2006 and formal bargaining will begin early next year.
(4) UC Executive Pay Raises Larger Than Our Salaries
It is outrageous that UC executives would ask for raises that are larger than most UPTE members' salaries. UPTE will work with the other UC unions to oppose this blatant money grab by these out of touch UC executives. We plan on letting state legislators know of our strong opposition to their greed.
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