|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: June 20, 2006|
(1) Unions Delay Pension Decision Again
UC's unwillingness to be candid with employees about our health benefits underlines the need for us to explicitly bargain our healthcare. In past years, UPTE-CWA and other unions agreed to allow the University to unilaterally negotiate our benefits with insurance companies. For many years that worked and we had excellent benefits at a low cost. Those times have changed.
Benefits coverage and costs needs to be locked in our contracts starting in 2008 when we have to bargain what will happen to our pension plan. We need to know the bottom line of what we will get in our take home check and what our benefits will be.
(3) HX Wage Issues on the Bargaining Table
Over the last couple years, the UPTE technical and research employees that were on open-range pay systems like the health care professionals moved to a step plan and receive about 5% this year and 6% next year. The nurses already have a step plan that compensates them based on their years of service as a nurse.
Healthcare professionals will be taking part in activities to pressure the hospital CEO's of the need to establish a fair pay plan. Everyone has complicated schedules but we will organize our events so that you can stop by for 10 to 15 minutes to show your support. Stay tuned.
(4) UPTE Dues Change Passes, How Can We Build a Stronger Union?
The resources of the union will gradually increase starting in January of next year.
Soon, the union will focus our additional resources on having members take time out of their UC job to help build the union. We will continue to support health care professionals who are fighting to get step increases and for safe staffing in their contract negotiations. And we will continue to organize unrepresented employees on the campuses and national labs. And should we ever need it, the dues change will allow us access to the $350 million CWA strike fund, giving us additional strength to bargain good contracts.
UPTE-CWA sends out an annual report of our activities and an independent audit of our finances to all members. You should receive this in the next week or two. Feel free to contact us if you do not get one.
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