|UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: November 05, 2007|
1) TX/RX Get Great Raises, Higher Than Non-Union Workers
To figure your exact increases, find your job title and step on the compensation table.
Ask your UPTE-CWA union builder or your local union office if you have any questions. If you believe that your raise has been calculated incorrectly, do contact us immediately.
Because the TX and RX wage increases are collectively bargained, it is clear in advance what they will be (see TX and RX contracts). For non-union-represented UC employees, we have been unable to discern any consistent policy on wage increases. Beyond announcing a merit pool of 4% and a 1% pool for equity increases, there is no information. Anecdotal information indicates that many employees will receive less than 4%. We encourage non-union-represented employees to go to the UPTE-CWA wage watch webpage to share any information or comments.
(2) UPTE-CWA Grieves Abuse of Limited Appointment Employees
Some departments even recommend hiring individuals as limited appointment' to circumvent the open hiring process when the supervisor already knows who they want to hire. While these employees may be grateful to have a job, they are being deprived of dental and vision care benefits, and have no employer disability insurance to protect them if they get hurt on the job. They also will lose up to six months of retirement credit.If you are limited appointment and work more than half time, this union grievance may apply to you. All individuals who believe they may be incorrectly appointed as "limited appointment' should fill out and submit a brief questionnaire that will help the union determine if you should be "limited appointment." Download the survey and submit to your local UPTE office . If you request it, we can keep your information confidential.
UPTE-CWA stopped the long term abuse of casual employees with a grievance several years ago. Back then, UC would lay off individuals one day a year for the sole purposes of denying them career status. As a result of that grievance, thousands of UC workers received retroactive service credit. We will pursue this current contract violation with equal diligence.
(3) Help Decide CWA's Endorsement for U.S. President
(4) PERB Certifies UPTE as Representative for Livermore Workers, But Lab Refuses To Bargain
Rather than begin negotiations, lab management is insisting on a new election with rules that allow it more power to illegally sway the vote. Management hopes that the delay in bargaining will dishearten the employees and lead to weak bargaining just as the lab plans for massive layoffs due to budget shortfalls. UPTE's attorneys are confident this strategy will fail.
UPTE activists at the lab are working with legislators and other supporters to convince management to stop wasting precious tax dollars on frivolous legal objections and start bargaining fairly.
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