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1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td valign=top style='background:#1D8FCE;padding:1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><span class=style901><b><span style='font-size:10.5pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: March 16, 2009 </span></b></span><b><span style='font-size:9.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:#1D8FCE'><o:p></o:p></span></b></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1'> <td valign=top style='background:#E1F1F7;padding:1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#1D8FCE'>Contents: </span></strong><b><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:#1D8FCE'><br> </span></b><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#333333'>(1)</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:#333333'> <a href="#one">Statewide Action on Wednesday to Pressure UC on TX/RX Wages</a> &nbsp;<strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> </span></strong><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>(2)</span></strong> <a href="#two">UPTE Skilled Trades at Livermore Ratify First Contract, Gain Raises and Job Security</a><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>(3) </span></strong><a href="#three">Employee Free Choice Act Submitted to Congress: Write a Personal Letter to Senator Feinstein</a><strong><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"'><a href="#One">&nbsp; </a></span></strong>&nbsp;<a href="#four"><br> </a><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:2'> <td valign=top style='padding:1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><a name=one id=Two2></a><strong><span style='font-size: 9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:#1D8FCE'>(1) Statewide Action on Wednesday to Pressure UC on TX/RX Wages</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#333333'><br> This Wednesday, March 18, while the regents deliberate in Riverside, UPTE activists will be holding <a href="http://www.upte.org/march18.html">morning pickets and lunch time events</a> at all campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Join the events to show UC we want our contract wrapped up. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#333333'>After UC s settlement with the AFSCME service workers and others for wages increases of 3% and more, we know UC has money to put on the table, but they refuse to move off their first and only offer of 0% (a small offer has been made just for LBL, but it is not comparable to what other UC workers have received). For the last session and the coming session, UC told the UPTE team up front that they would make no additional proposals, continuing their illegal non-engagement in the bargaining process. Broad participation by UPTE members in this Wednesday s events will show how much we care about concluding a contract with fair raises, and will get UC back to the table.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#333333'>Most UC researchers and technicians remain 20%-30% under market rates, driving 30% of us to leave the university each year. This causes a constant need to recruit and train workers, and undermines the ability of research projects to advance. The <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-briefs20-2009jan20,0,7884921.story">death of the young researcher at UC Los Angeles</a> adds another urgent note to the need for properly trained and equipped staff, which is impossible with the current excessive turnover.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#333333'>UPTE has filed <a href="http://www.upte.org/rx-tx/ulp/index.html">unfair labor practice charges</a> against UC for its failure to meet its legal obligation to bargain. If UC continues to refuse to bargain, UPTE members have the right to strike to force UC back to the table. If you have not already done so, <a href="http://www.upte.org/rx-tx/strikepledge2008-09.pdf">sign the UPTE strike pledge card</a> so that we know that when we strike we will stand together and unified.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><a name=two id=Two></a><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";color:#1D8FCE'>(2) UPTE Skilled Trades at Livermore Ratify First Contract, Gain Raises and Job Security</span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333'>&nbsp; <br> UPTE s skilled trades members at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab ratified their <a href="http://www.upte.org/contract-st/index.html">contract</a> with a vote of 96% in favor. As reported in a previous bulletin, the contract contains raises of 8.3% over two years, converts all the current temporary workers to career, and makes all contracting out negotiable with the union. In addition, it makes critical improvements in health and safety controls, most importantly for work with highly toxic beryllium.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><a name=three id=Two3></a><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";color:#1D8FCE'>(3) Employee Free Choice Act Submitted to Congress: Write a Personal Letter to Feinstein</span></strong><strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333'>&nbsp; </span></strong><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#333333'><br> This week Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Representative George Miller (D-California) <a href="http://blog.aflcio.org/2009/03/10/employee-free-choice-act-introduced-in-congress/">submitted the Employee Free Choice Act</a> in both houses of congress. Several key legislators who had previously endorsed the act continue to waiver, including California Senator Diane Feinstein. After thousands of calls from her constituents, she still remains non-committal. Personal letters from constituents carry greater weight with legislators, because they know that the authors must care about the issue if they will go to the effort to write a letter and mail it. We have posted her <a href="http://www.upte.org/lp/action.html">address and sample letters</a> on our website. Please take a few moments to urge her to support the EFCA, which if passed, will be a historic step forward for working families.<o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:3;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td valign=top style='background:#E1F1F7;padding:1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt 1.5pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#333333'>The UPTE E-Bulletin is prepared by UPTE-CWA President <strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Jelger Kalmijn</span></strong> for all members. <br> If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to write him at <a href="mailto:president@upte-cwa.org">president@upte-cwa.org</a><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </table> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#333333;display:none; mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=5 cellpadding=0 width=650 style='width:487.5pt;mso-cellspacing:3.7pt;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td colspan=2 style='padding:.75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span class=line1><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'>_____________________________________________________________________________</span></span><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:#333333'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=50 style='width:37.5pt;padding:.75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:8.5pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:#666666;mso-no-proof:yes'><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"/> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"/> </v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"/> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"/> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="upte" style='width:30pt;height:36.75pt;visibility:visible'> <v:imagedata src="../imgs/logo-ft.gif"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img border=0 width=40 height=49 src="../imgs/logo-ft.gif" alt=upte v:shapes="_x0000_i1025"><![endif]></span><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:#333333'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width=551 style='width:413.25pt;padding:.75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><span class=footer1><span style='font-size:8.5pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>UPTE-CWA 9119&nbsp; |&nbsp; P.O. 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